A state biologist believes that the shark responsible for the Cape Cod attack is a great white shark. The assumption was based on the physicians treating the survivors, the shark tooth fragments found on the wound, and the survivor of the shark attack itself. ( Pixabay )
Shark Attack in Cape Cod
In early August, Bill Lytton experienced a ordeal that most people only see in movies or as so rare, unhappy occurrences. He was on vacation with his family at Longnook Beach in Cape Cod when, just a few feet from the shore, he suddenly felt his leg being pulled with a pain he described as "unbearable".
According to Lytton He felt as if the animal pulling his leg was trying to turn it over and he found out it was a shark when he turned around and saw his big head against his leg. Fortunately, Lytton remembered documenting how dolphins hit the gills, so he slammed the shark in the gills and he let go of his leg and swam away.
With just enough energy left, Lytton swam to the shore, where there were people close enough to hear his help, two of them were even nurses who helped him to pull to the shore and stop the bleeding. Eventually, Lytton was flown to a hospital where he was under coma for two days while receiving six surgeries, and he was rehabilitated just 10 days after the attack.
According to an expert, who got rid of the shark teeth fragments from the wound, information from the doctors who treated Lytton, and information provided by Lytton himself, the shark attacking him was probably a big white shark a shark species with a strong presence in the area.
As far as Lytton is concerned, he finds it a bit hesitant to swim on the same beach while swimming in the ocean again.
Surviving a Shark Attack
It was Lyton's quick thinking and skill that allowed him to survive a shark attack, but what should you really do if you're attacked or bitten by one of the ocean's biggest predators?
Lytton was right to defend himself by all means possible, though it is not advisable to do so with his bare hands. However, if it is unavoidable, strokes would be best directed to the sensitive areas of the shark's gills, snout, and eyes. It is unwise to "play dead" in this scenario, and the best way to survive is to aggressively defend yourself.
The next important thing to remember is getting out of the water as quickly and calmly as possible. Although many sharks do not attack twice, it is not impossible for a second attack to take place. Once out of the water, the survivor's wound must be treated immediately, regardless of the size of the wound, and the bleeding must be controlled by pressure on the wound.
Of course, it is best to prevent shark attacks by being alert to your own actions and the environment in the water, but it does not hurt to know what to do when the unexpected happens.
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