ABC News recently spoke with Cape Cod shark attack survivor, Chris Myers, who is recovering at a Boston hospital from injuries to his lower legs. Myers and his son J.J. were swimming through “deeper water” trying to get to a sand bar off of Truro’s Ballston Beach when the attack occurred.
Myers seemed to be in good spirits as he and his son described the events following the attack. Myers said he was worried about his ability to swim back to shore after having been bitten, but thankfully he was able to make the swim. He told ABC that he’s doing “quite terrific” considering the circumstances and hopes to return the water one day.
Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries told ABC that the shark involved was likely a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). White sharks are known to travel to Cape Cod waters during the summer months. The growing gray seal (Halichoerus grypus) populations in the area provide a natural food source for white sharks, which might be drawing the sharks closer to the beaches.