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10/19/2014 09:24 pm ET Updated Oct 19, 2014

Great White Sharks Thrash In Waters Off Massachusetts In Video

Because two is indeed better than one, here are TWO great white sharks putting on a show in the waters off Chatham, Massachusetts.

The video taken Saturday by Scott Koerner, director of IT at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, shows seemingly tranquil waters erupt with a flurry of fins and sea spray as two white sharks break the surface. The video was shared by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy the day after the sighting.

White sharks, also known as great white sharks, are not uncommon in the North Atlantic. A 2014 study found the sharks' numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline. Some scientists have estimated a population of 3,000 to 5,000 inhabit the region's waters. Still, the species is listed as vulnerable by several conservation agencies, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy notes. The U.S. has prohibited harvesting of the sharks in U.S. waters since 1991.

In recent months, there have been several reported sightings of the sharks that can weigh as much as 4,000 pounds in waters near Massachusetts. In early September, a great white shark flipped over two kayakers and took a bite out of one of the boats, but no humans were were injured.

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