TRURO (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - We know they're out there, but has a shark actually gone on attack off the Cape?
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A swimmer says it happened to him. It happened Monday off Ballston Beach in Truro. Chris Myers was in the water about a quarter of a mile off shore with his son when something bit his leg.
"A shark attacked," one person tells the 911 operator. "He's bleeding, he's wounded. His whole ankle's been bit. We need 911." (Click here to listen to 911 call.)
Another caller tells the operator, "he's bleeding so badly."
Myers swam to shore and was carried on a backboard to an ambulance. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and then moved to Massachusetts General Hospital in stable condition.
Officials have not confirmed it was indeed a shark attack, but witnesses say they know what they saw.
Witnesses told police that they saw a fin come up behind the victim and then went under "just like in the movies."
A surgeon who happened to be at the beach tended to the male until emergency crews arrived. The surgeon told police that it appeared to be a "bull shark," but he was not sure.
Myers is expected to make a full recovery.
Ballston Beach remains open as authorities try to determine whether it was a shark that attacked Myers.
Signs at the beach Tuesday warned swimmers of a recent shark sighting and told beachgoers to swim at their own risk.
The last fatal shark attack in Massachusetts occurred in the Mattapoisett area during the 1930s. According to The Plymouth Daily News, the 16-year-old from Dorchester was attacked by a shark on July 28, 1936. At the time, people assumed the teen had drowned since sharks were unheard of in Buzzards Bay.
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VIDEO CREDIT: Cape Cod Times