Shark Attacks Bodysurfer on Cape Cod

Witnesses saw a fin before the incident

Jul 31, 2012
Outside Magazine

A bodysurfer on Cape Cod who was hospitalized for lacerations to both legs appears to have been attacked and bitten by a shark. Chris Myers was bodysurfing off Ballston Beach in Truro, Massachusetts, on Monday afternoon when something grabbed him below both knees, pulling him under. Witnesses reported seeing a large dorsal fin just before the attack. Emergency responders were able to transport him to the hospital, where he was to undergo surgery for savage wounds on both legs. “It was pretty deep. You could see muscle and bone,” Truro police officer Scott Holway said. “It was like his flesh had been ripped.” Experts say that heightened shark activity in the area this summer is due to an increase in the local seal population. A great white shark was seen tailing a kayaker earlier this month at Nauset Beach, about 25 miles south of Monday's attack.

Via ABC News

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