Poised to watch the video (below) of this poor guy being hauled into an ambulance after supposedly getting bit by a shark off Cape Cod, I was prepared for the worst. (I've seen Jaws about 20 times, and that movie about the blond Hawaiian surfer once, so I know what I'm talking about.) But honest to goodness I totally did NOT expect what this video revealed ...
The guy still has his legs. I mean, thank goodness he still has his legs, of course! When reports started going around that a dad, whose name is Chris Myers, was bitten by a shark below the knees in "one crushing blow," I immediately thought, how devastating. This father goes to the beach with his kid and loses his legs.
But take a look. This is surprising for a shark. Makes me wonder if it really was a shark ...
I'm not a trained sharkologist or anything and all I know about the habits of sharks is from movies. Granted. But still. He doesn't even look bloody. And he's awake and talking. Maybe it was a baby shark? A really little shark? Or a shark who is just really bad at being a shark? Because if it was a shark, this guy got extremely lucky.
Marine biologists say they need to take a look at the bite marks to determine if it was in fact a shark that bit Myers, who was body surfing with his teenage son at the time of the attack in Truro, a lovely little spot on the Cape's elbow. He's in the hospital undergoing surgery and "will survive," officials have said. Meanwhile, the beach is still open, which makes you wonder if other people aren't skeptical too.
Mmmm but isn't this sounding eerily familiar. Maybe we should all take this a lot more seriously. Pretty soon someone from the mayor's office is going to make a statement to the press to calm all the worried tourists down and keep those vacation dollars flowing ...
"As you see, it's a beautiful day, the beaches are open, and people are having a wonderful time."
Do reports of shark attacks scare you out of swimming in the ocean?
Image and video via capcodtimes/YouTube