A 61-year-old man was attacked by a shark near Cape Cod on Wednesday afternoon. The victim was taken by helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston for treatment of his injuries.
The Shark Attack Database shows that an attack by a shark is rather rare. The shark attack for Massachusetts says that fourteen attacks have occurred since 1900, three of which were fatal.
Shark attack Cape Cod
The man stood 30 yards offshore near Longnook Beach in Truro when the shark bit him around 4:15 p.m. Truro police has so far not released the identity of the victim next to his condition.
The victim has deep puncture wounds to the torso, left side and upper leg. According to Truro Fire Chief Tim Collins, the victim was alert and talking on the scene.
Officials have closed Truro’s Longnook Beach for safety reasons and US National Park Service rangers are investigating.
Shark attacks on human
From 1900 there are totally 144 shark attacks in America that were fatal according to the Shark Attack Database. Officials says this is the second shark attack in 6 years time off Cape Cod area.
“Encounters with white sharks in which people suffer injuries are as terrifying as they are rare, says Cape Cod research, education and public safety nonprofit Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
We offer wishes for a full recovery to the victim of today’s shark bite and convey our sincere sympathy to him and his…
The statistics indicate that shark attacks are extremely rare and are a mistake rather a planned attack. This confirms Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in their statement on Facebook.
Why do sharks attack people?
Remember that the shark swam in the waters for millions of years before man existed. In addition, man does not get in touch with the shark often enough and for that reason, man is not on their food list. That does not mean that man is not an easy meal.
When a person swims, we splash a lot with our hands and we kick with our feet to move forward. People think the shark is mean and dangerous but in fact the shark mistakes a human as an animal in need.
If sharks really see us as prey, the statistics are much higher. Fact is, man is much more dangerous to the shark than vice versa.
What to do if you see a shark?
When you are swimming and you see a shark you should remain calm. As you swim back to the coast, keep eye contact with the shark because if the shark wants to attack you, you can defend yourself.
You can defend yourself by poking in the eye and striking the nose that contains thousands of sensors and nerves.