A video posted to YouTube Monday shows as many as a hundred sharks devouring a school of bluefish near a beach, a rarely seen phenomenon. The sharks are so focused on their meal that several wash up on the sand, putting their lives in danger, a scientist says.
According to the YouTube posting, the video was shot in North Carolina’s Outer Banks by Donnie Griggs, an avid fisherman, diver, and surfer. The footage was reportedly taken on October 9 around noon, along the Cape Lookout National Seashore.
According to Griggs’s posting, the sharks were chasing bluefish. That’s plausible, says Skomal, who adds that they were probably young fish called snapper blues, which are no more than eight inches (20 centimeters) long.
The sharks in the video are “risking their lives” by swimming so far up the beach, where they could get stuck, Skomal says.
“They are so ravenous that they are only thinking about feeding,” he says. “It’s remarkable.”