TRURO (AP) - A man bitten by a great white shark last month while swimming off a Cape Cod beach has returned to the scene. But he didn't go in the water.
The Cape Cod Times reports that Christopher Myers, whose legs were injured in the July 30 attack, was greeted by several people who recognized him at Ballston Beach in Truro on Wednesday.
Myers, a Boston-area native who lives in Denver, has been visiting relatives before returning home. He chatted with well-wishers and had his picture taken at the beach he has called his favorite.
Jennifer Beke of Westfield, N.J., snapped a picture of Myers with her children. "He's kind of a local hero," she said.
Myers had 47 stitches and surgery to repair damaged tendons, and still has a cast on one leg.
"I'm excited to be back here," Myers told the Times. "I felt a little pit in my stomach."
He told the newspaper he's writing about the attack, which happened while he was swimming with his teenage son, and wanted to refresh his memory of the place. He remembers the shark.
"It was terrifying seeing it surface," Myers said. "It was just surreal."
Great white sightings off the Massachusetts coast have increased in recent years, but Myers is the first confirmed attack victim since the 1930s. Experts say an increase in the seal population is likely drawing the sharks.
Asked if he'd go swimming at Ballston again, Myers said he might wait "'til there's not so many seals around."
PHOTO CREDIT: Cape Cod Times