"I thought it was a person", surfer Zevi Greenspan told the local NBC affiliate.
Onlooker, Thayer Wade shot video of the gruesome attack saying the shark was hunting very close to shore.
As luck would have it, everyone got out of the water safely, but watched helplessly as the fatally injured seal struggled to survive his fatal bite. "Grey seals are coming to shore, white sharks are coming closer to shore".
"He reached up and he yelled 'help me!"
The two surfers happened to be just feet away from the jaws of the shark. "He's like, 'Help me!" "There was blood everywhere".
The call for culling sharks came several days after a seal was killed at Nauset beach, causing a bloody scene not far from swimmers.
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Cleveland Bigelow, 69, of Chatham, was not bitten, but he did suffer injuries after being knocked from the board.
Beachgoers though have voiced concern and fear that sometime soon, the next victim won't be a seal.
"The problem is growing worse by each year", said "I'm 100 percent sure somebody will be killed or maimed, and my worry is that it'll be someone's child".
The Cape Cod National Seashore said their own staff, as well as members of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, were investigating Wednesday's incident. We've got seals being eaten within 100 meters of surfers.
Wade's video, which was tweeted by his uncle, Pat O'Brien, shows what witnesses said appeared to be an attack from a great white shark. "Think about that. Cape Cod is coexisting right now, but we haven't had the attack; we haven't had that fatal attack".