Cape Cod beaches: Playgrounds for tourists, and young sharks

Christopher Davidson
September 2, 2018

Lytton was enjoying a summer vacation in MA, when he suddenly felt an intense pain run through his left leg. As soon as the shark released his limb, Lytton swam to shore where he was able to get help. According to wildlife buffs, you should punch the shark in the tip of their more to startle or stun it, but Lytton had another idea. Although it wasn't very methodical, it did work.

The International Shark Attack File in Florida says the attack is among 37 worldwide this year.

Lytton suffered deep puncture wounds to his leg and torso after being attacked by a shark on August 15, 2018 while swimming off a beach, in Truro, Mass. He was airlifted to Tufts Medical Center where he underwent 6 surgeries and received 12 pints of blood, beginning his long road to recovery. The chief of orthopedic trauma surgery Dr. Scott Ryan was literally in shock. He also added that William Lytton's "quick thinking" practically saved his leg.

According to scientists, the shark which chopped Lytton down was not a great white, and fortunately, it did not touch any important nerves.

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Lytton spoke with "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Michelle Miller about the harrowing attack and how he is lucky and thankful to be alive. Now the doctors are expecting that he will make an nearly full recovery. The pain was "beyond excruciating. I remember the helicopter landing and then nothing for the next two days", Lytton had told AP earlier. The area is a feeding ground for seals, which draw shark and a few witnesses reported seeing seals before the attack.

The man bitten by a shark off Cape Cod this month said on Tuesday that he escaped by punching the powerful predator within the gills after it clamped down on his leg.In his first interview since the August 15 assault, William Lytton said he'd been swimming in about "eight to 10 toes" of water steady a couple of yards from shore when he felt a shiny wretchedness shoot via his left leg and rapidly realized he was being attacked by a shark.The sixty one-yr-former neurologist from Scarsdale, Fresh York, said he gave the animal a sturdy smack within the gills with his left hand, a transfer that seemingly saved his existence nonetheless also resulted in some torn tendons.

According to the researcher, younger sharks could be the primary ones responsible for these encounters. Climate change and global warming could also have added to this condition. Although local authorities are taking steps to educate the commoners, they fear that not many of them are paying attention to the warnings.

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