Early morning beachwalker captures images of shark attack off Coast Guard Beach in Eastham

A shark was spotted off Coast Guard Beach down cape today. The photographer's name is Bruce Langsen, if we want to run this online at all. Here's the nib I wrote and submitted to Rob (I can also flesh out with quotes if we want an online story): A shark was reportedly seen feeding off the shore of Coast Guard Beach(CQ) in Eastham Sunday morning, according to local police and onlookers. Bruce Langsen(CQ), an Eastham resident who was taking beach photographs early Sunday, said he saw a shark attack and eat a seal about 100 yards from the shore at around 7:30 a.m. Langsen said about a dozen surfers in the water were about 40 yards from the attack, but no one was hurt. An Eastham police dispatcher who did not identify herself confirmed that a call came in Sunday morning for a shark sighting, but could not comment further. Representatives from the Cape Cod National Seashore(CQ) could not be reached. It is unclear if the beach was closed after the sighting.  SMALL FILE SIZE
Bruce Langsen caught this picture of a shark attacking a seal off Coast Guard Beach.

A simple walk on the beach to catch whimsical pictures of sun on the sand dunes turned quickly into a wildlife photo shoot for Bruce Langsen.

The 67-year-old retired man was shooting at Coast Guard beach in Eastham at around 7:30 a.m. Sunday when he heard his son’s fiancee yell “Oh, my God!” three times.

Langsen turned toward the ocean and he saw violent splashing in the water. Quickly, he realized he was watching a shark attack a seal. Just as quickly, he turned his camera seaward and started snapping pictures.

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“I’ve been going to the beach for 35 years and I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this before,” he said.

At first, he feared what the predator had in his jaws was a surfer, but he realized as he watched that the shark had targeted a seal.

The shark hit the seal three or so times as blood spread in the water. Langsen saw the dorsal fin and the shark’s tail in and out of the water, which was whipped white by activity.

“He was there, did what he wanted, ate what he wanted, and then he was gone,” said Langsen, who was standing toward the surf line, about 100 yards from the incident.

“I think it’s just a part of nature,” he said, of the shark attack, which lasted only a few minutes.

Langsen recently returned from a trip to Africa where he was exposed to many kinds of potentially dangerous creatures. He does not fear the beach after his rare sighting.

“I guess without the music from “Jaws” you don’t take it as bad,” he said, referring to the ominous soundtrack from the famous 1975 movie.

Langsen’s only regret is not having his telephoto lens handy to catch better photos of the gory scene.