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Families touring Alcatraz get up close to great white feeding

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Families touring Alcatraz get up close to great white feeding

A group of tourists witnessed an eight to ten foot shark rip a part of a seal carcass close to the dock.

The unbelievable sighting was captured on video and posted on YouTube, showing a pool of blood in the water as the shark ate the remains of the seal, just metres from the dock where the tourists awaited their ferry.

Director of the San Francisco based shark conservation group Shark Stewards, David McGuire, agreed that the shark looked like a great white.

During the years that Alcatraz was a state prison, prisoners were regularly told that the Bay around Alcatraz was full of great white sharks.

For me, it's pretty exciting and a sign that health is returning to the San Francisco Bay ecosystem, said McGuire, adding that more than 80 swimmers from the Dolphin Club and South End Rowing Club swam from Alcatraz last week without a single shark encounter. 'There is the myth of shark infested waters, but we like to say shark inhabited waters'.

While great white sharks are usually associated with the open ocean, particularly the Farallon Islands, 27 miles offshore, they have been known to occasionally find their way inside the San Francisco Bay.

Over the past decade, only 20 of a few 150 sharks we have tagged with acoustic tags were detected inside the bay, Jorgensen said.

'There are people swimming around the Bay every day without risk of shark attack, ' McGuire said. "There's much higher risks, like getting hit by a boat", he said.

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