Dead seal found at Ocean Shores killed by 18-foot great white shark, state says

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

This female seal was found on the beach at Ocean Shores last Thursday. Her bottom half (not shown) had been bitten off by a great white shark, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said. (Photo: DFW)

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. — An 18-foot great white shark killed a seal whose remains were found on the beach at Ocean Shores last week, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife said Tuesday.

The DFW said it is warning local authorities, state parks and dive shops in the area that a great white shark is likely present in the Ocean Shores area. The Ocean Shores Police Department said, however, that they are not posting signs to keep people out of the water.

A beach walker found the dead female seal on the beach last Thursday.  It had been bitten in half.

“It was a clean bite right below the rib cage,” DFW spokesman  Craig Bartlett said. “Other than half the body missing, the seal was in good shape.

“After a necropsy, they determined the bite was from an 18-foot great white shark.”

He added that the seal had a belly full of smelt, indicating she was killed close to shore, he added.

Bartlett said that with the warm current near the shoreline, it’s the area where seals are feeding on smelt.

The Ocean Shores Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that they are not posting signs to keep people out of the water.

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

6 comments