He was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital on Saturday afternoon. A great white is thought to have been responsible for the attack.
The attack happened yesterday around noon at Cape Cod while the victim and his friend were riding boogie boards along the shore.
"Shark attacks don't happen as often, there has only just been a recent rise in incidents", Chris Hargrove, who is the special officer for Cape Cod National Seashore, told NBC News. The swimmer, William Lytton of Scarsdale, N.Y., was wading about 30 yards off of the shoreline when he was bitten - becoming the first person to be attacked by a shark in MA waters since 2012, according to WBUR. In that 2017 study, 88 people reported unprovoked contact with sharks worldwide, of which five were fatal, according to the chamber. I couldn't bring him more up the shore.
While he did not have details about Saturday's attack, Naylor said it was likely a white shark that attacked the man in a case of "mistaken identity" in the more shallow waters where boogie boarders seek waves. He also said the heavy presence of seals and throngs of fish moving and jumping may signal a shark is nearby. "They are there in big numbers".
A swimmer has died from an apparent shark bite off the coast of MA in the northeastern United States, a police report on the rare incident said.
A shark was spotted several miles south of Wellfleet on Sunday, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. Medici kicked aggressively, Booth said, telling the Boston Herald that "the thrashing was unprecedented".
"I was that guy on the beach screaming, 'Shark, shark!' " Booth said. Booth told the AP. "This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here".
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A California surfer, who chose to remain anonymous, saw the victim unconscious and heavily bleeding from his right leg. "And there were bone-deep lacerations down by his calf". Shortly after, he was rushed to the Cape Cod Hospital by officials with Wellfleet Fire Department but succumbed to his injuries.
According to off-duty lifeguard Adriana Picariello, the man had injuries to his lower extremities and no pulse while he was being tended to on the beach.
This is the first shark attack death in MA in more than 80 years, according to People Magazine. In August, 61-year-old Bill Lytton survived after being bitten by a shark.
He said he saw a "giant eruption of water" and a "lot of trashing" at the time of the harrowing attack.
Attacks occur in nearshore waters, often near sandbars where potential meals congregate.
Beaty called for a task force of federal, state, regional and local officials and experts to address the "Cape Cod shark problem before another human is horrifically killed by these voracious predators!"