Sharks nearly beach themselves during feeding frenzy
More than 100 sharks went into a feeding frenzy in North Carolina October 8th. The sharks were, according to YouTube, nomming on a school of blue fish.
Great for a video, bad for those fish. The scene was spotted by men fishing for dinner during a church retreat at Cape Lookout National Seashore.
But actually, the fishermen did get in the water with the sharks! We spoke to Donnie Griggs, who says, "We felt perfectly safe, to be honest. We, me and another guy, got our fishing rods and started taking advantage of the same thing the shark's were taking advantage of. We were probably ankle deep or so, so there were sharks around us, but nothing bothered us."
Sometimes the sharks even momentarily beached themselves, but they all seemed to make it back into deeper water.
Brian Recker, who posted the YouTube video Griggs shot, called this a bit of a Sharknado, writing on his Facebook page: "Donnie Griggs shot this amazing video of the SHARKNADO we saw at cape lookout! not sure what kind exactly they were, but there were over 100 in a feeding frenzy."
We agree: all it needed was a storm to pick up those sharks and hurdle them through the air, right?
But the beach in North Carolina is safe, and Griggs told us after the shark feeding, which lasted about an hour, they were all out in the water, enjoying it: "Right after the sharks moved past, within an hour or so, we were swimming and surfing right there. I mean, none of us were afraid for a moment."
According to the description on the YouTube page, the fact the sharks were there along with a large school of fish means the ecosystem is healthy.
While we can't quite back up that claim, sharks are definitely important to a healthy ecosystem. London Sea Life Aquarium says by feeding on fish, sharks regulate fish stocks, and also help stop the spread of diseases by feeding on weak and old fish.
Griggs explains, "I dive and spear fish over there all the time, I surf, I play with my little kids in that exact same water and we have never seen anything like this, it's completely safe and it's a really rare thing. I'll never see this again in my whole life."
Check out the full YouTube video below:
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