Shark Attack

Posted: August 20, 2012 by jerkmagblog in VAULT -- archives

Families of twenty crowd the hotel-resort’s first and second floors. The resort sits on the Bay side, located only fifteen minutes from the fabulous Provincetown. Couples, families, and the occasional single man or woman spend the summer getaway lounging on the beach, soaking up the sun and absorbing words of the latest novels like, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Mothers and daughters walk on the beach, competing to spot the ‘perfect’ rock. Fathers throw a football, trying hard to avoid those sprawled in the hot sand. The waves are small on the Bay side and the tide is visibly changing.

Swimmers fear the threat of sharks and the image of a great white lingers in minds of those in the water. Being that the Cape is a popular hangout for great white sharks, it’s no surprise that while tanning on the beach my second day in Truro, there was a shark attack on the ocean side.

Chris Myers survived both bites to his legs below the knee. He is quoted in ABC News saying, “It will take some gentle effort to get back in the water, but I hope to one day.” His main concern was the loss of blood from his limbs and the potential fear he may have from returning to the waters “he loves.”

Luckily, the water is too shallow for great whites on the Bay side and the following day children are enjoying the boat shaped float that sits twenty feet out from the shoreline. The friendly and energetic nightlife carries on in Provincetown with no signs of violence while the newcomers arrive at the resorts and appear on the beach with no clue of the potential threat.

-Beatrice Schachenmayr

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