8:40 p.m. - Truro Police Statement
On Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at approximately 4:11 pm, the Truro Police Department received a 911 call from a caller on Longnook Beach, reporting a person had been bitten by a shark. Truro Rescue and Police responded. A 61 year old male was located approximately 300 yards south of Longnook Beach within the boundary of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
The 61 year old male reported that he was bitten while standing approximately 30 yards offshore. He was treated by Town of Truro Fire and was transported to the Marconi Site helispot in Wellfleet and flown via helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
US National Park Rangers are investigating.
8:20 p.m. Information
A 61 year old man was medflighted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston this afternoon after an apparent shark attack off Long Nook Beach in Truro. The victim reportedly suffered deep puncture wounds to the hip, thigh and lower leg. NBC Boston quotes the Harbormaster as saying the victim also suffered injuries to his torso.
A statement on the Truro Harbormaster's website indicates that the beach is closed until further notice.
The attack, which happened around 4 p.m., was witnessed by several beachgoers. The victim reported that he was standing in the water 30 yards off the beach when the shark struck. The section of beach where the incident happened is within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
No further information has been released at this time.
Statement from Atlantic White Shark Conservancy...
We offer wishes for a full recovery to the victim of today’s shark bite and convey our sincere sympathy to him and his family.
Encounters with white sharks in which people suffer injuries are as terrifying as they are rare. While we still don't know all of the details of this particular bite, sharks are not known to target people specifically and when they do bite people it’s usually a case of mistaken identity. Sharks ‘test the waters’ with their teeth, much like we use our hands. It’s how they determine if what they encounter is prey or something to avoid.
Here at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, we are committed to making beaches safer by studying shark behavior and sharing what we learn with the public and town officials to help reduce the probability of these kinds of interactions.