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Gray seals may be becoming the great white sharks of Dutch beaches

Grey seal

The bodies kept washing ashore—dozens of mutilated harbor porpoises stranded on the Dutch beaches every year, their bloody remains discovered by screaming vacationers. Now, after 10 years of crime scene investigation–style work—complete with autopsies and DNA testing—biologists and veterinary pathologists have finally cracked the identity of the murderers: big-eyed, chubby-faced gray seals. The finding could lead conservationists to rethink gray seal rehabilitation, and it even raises the specter of a new “great white” in the North Sea.
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