HORROR pics show a dolphin after it was ripped almost in half by shark yards from a beach.
A junior doctor watched the bloody hunt in South Carolina, US, and posted pictures of the aftermath on Reddit.
Telltale circular bite marks show this dolphin was killed by a large sharkCredit: Reddit
Another huge chunk is missing from the throat after a bite almost decapitated itCredit: Reddit
A smaller shark can be seen prowling for leftovers at the beach in South CarolinaCredit: Reddit
The Redditor said: “Dolphin that got attacked by a shark in waist deep water, watched the whole thing unfold before he washed up.”
The pictures show two huge chunks ripped out of the dolphin.
Its throat has been ripped out – almost fully decapitating it.
And what appear to be two enormous bite marks surround a large cavity where its belly used to be.
In another pic, the fin and tail of a shark can be seen in the shallows a few feet from the carcass.
It is thought this shark was attracted by the blood to feast on the remains as it is too small to have made the fatal wounds.
Redditors speculated a bull shark or tiger shark could have savaged the dolphin.
Great whites are also regularly spotted in South Carolina – sparking panic among swimmers.
One commenter said: “The clean, circular edge of the bite mark is pretty consistent with shark-inflicted injuries.
“Not to mention, big shark species such as tiger sharks and great whites have absolutely nothing to fear from dolphins and will prey on dolphins with impunity.”
Great whites, tiger sharks, bull sharks and sixgill sharks regularly prey on dolphins and porpoises, experts say.
Earlier this month a 1,400lbs great white named Breton was caught and tagged by researchers 60 miles from Myrtle Beach.
There has been a series of shark maulings in waist-deep waters on the US east coast this year.
Attacks on humans have occurred at beaches from Florida to Long Island, and dozens have been tracked stalking around Cape Cod.
In 2019 we told of fears a great white was hunting off Cornwall after a dolphin was found ripped in half on a beach at Harlyn Bay.
Before that a shredded headless dolphin washed up in Portreath, and two more were found in Great Yarmouth.
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