Nobody seriously hurt, so that makes it a fun story!

A man who suffered lacerations to his legs while in the water at a Massachusetts beach Monday apparently was bitten by a shark, authorities said.

“It looked like a shark bite to me,” Truro, Massachusetts, Fire Chief Brian Davis said of the incident at nearby Ballston Beach. “Witnesses said they saw (a) fin. They saw him go under water. He was hollering for help.”…He also said there were seals in the area at the time of the incident, and the seals may have been a lure to a shark.

Greg Skomal, a marine biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, told CNN recently that more great white sharks are being seen off the coast of Cape Cod each year.

I used to ship out on long-liners off of Chatham Mass, which is approximately the elbow of Cape Cod, and where people have been seeing a LOT of these sharks have been seeing, and its just a hair South of this beach, which is on the Atlantic side of the Cape. There were times when I thought I could step off the docks and walk to the nearby islands without getting my feet wet, because there are so many damn grey seals. These guys are a delicacy for the large sharks. Is there any wonder why we’ve seen so many of them?

Be safe out there!

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  1. Kristopher says:

    Weerd: I think greys have been coming inshore because of starvation.

    Baitball harvesters have been removing the bottom of the food chain out in mid-ocean, so the sharks have to stay within the 200 mile economic zones or starve.

    • Weerd Beard says:

      Could be, and certainly I’ve been hearing that hypothesis for ages. That being said when I shipped out with a pair trawler or a purse seiner going for herring we’d always be full-up inside of 3 days. Of course the scary thing is, is that the people collecting the data on such things are funded based on crisis level.

      Doesn’t mean one thing or another, but I’m skeptical.

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