Sharks come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The whale shark, which may grow to a length of 60 feet, is the biggest. The great white shark is in the middle, while the tiniest may fit in your hand.

An ecological feeding frenzy happens when there is too much prey for predators to handle. For instance, a sizable school of fish might trigger a feeding frenzy in surrounding sharks like the lemon shark. 

The sharks may become irrational as a result and begin attacking anything and everything that moves, including one another and any others nearby. The battle between predators is a further functional rationale for the feeding frenzy. The most frequent use of this phrase is in reference to sharks or piranhas.

Shark stalking school of fish

Due to sharks often being larger animals, a feeding frenzy looks quite wild to anyone watching nearby. While at a retreat at Cape Lookout National Seashore off the coast of North Carolina, a group of people saw a commotion in the water.

As they got closer to the shoreline, the witnesses could see over 100 sharks attacking a giant school of blue fish. There were men fishing nearby that couldn’t believe what they were seeing. The men started casting into the surf, capturing fish without the need for bait, as pelicans and seagulls participated in the feast. 

A Deady Catch

The sharks were seen darting in and out of the surf for over five minutes; some of them became beached in the rage. Donnie Griggs, who shot the video you can view below, enjoys being in the sea and frequently spearfishes, swims, dives, and surfs at Cape Lookout. 

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It is important to note that swimming is extremely safe in Cape Lookout and the nearby beaches in Eastern North Carolina. Big schools of fish and these sharks are indicators of a very healthy ecology. Thankfully, no one was swimming at the time of this giant feeding frenzy! 

A comment on the video rings true. It reads, “Thank you for the great video and I respect you for letting the sharks go instead of killing them. We need more fishermen like you two.” Getting involved in a feeding frenzy, especially with sharks is never a good idea. 

The animal’s attempts to flee from a big quantity of prey might also generate a commotion in the water. Sharks are drawn to the compounds that living creatures release into the ocean when they are in a frenzy. The sharks then notice motion and vibrations in the water that signifies great discomfort, which alerts them to an easy catch on the way. 

They become more ecstatic the more the water is agitated by fear, such as by a school of rapidly swimming fish. When you add blood to that concoction, the sharks will attack viciously.

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