(NEW YORK) — The man who barely survived what is believed to be a great white shark attack in the waters off Cape Cod, Mass., said he worried about blood loss during the ordeal and that he’s in no hurry to return to the water that he loves.
“It will take some gentle effort to get back in the water, but I hope one day,” Chris Myers said on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday from the Boston hospital where he is recovering.
Myers was swimming with his teenage son J.J. off the coast of Ballston Beach in Truro, Mass., around 3:30 p.m. Monday when he was apparently pulled under the water by a shark. Police say Myers was bit in both legs below the knees in possibly one single, crushing blow.
The harrowing moments after the father of two emerged from the water can now be heard on the 911 calls received after the attack.
“A shark attack, he’s bleeding, he’s wounded. His whole ankle’s been bit, we need 911!” according to screams recorded during the calls.
Beachgoers had just watched helplessly as Myers was pulled under the water while he and his teenage son were bodysurfing. Myers soon surfaced and screamed for help.
His son J.J. told GMA the attack seemed unreal.
“I heard him scream and turned around, and saw the back and the fin of the shark up out of water,” he said. “At that point it hit me when it was happening. But at the same time, I thought that none of it was real. It really seemed like a movie. None of it seemed real until I was on the beach.”
After the shark attacked, the father and son attempted to get back to land as quickly as possible.
“We really didn’t have a lot of options,” Chris Myers said. “We were motivated, so we swam, hard. I was thinking as I was swimming, my lungs were fine, my kick was fine, I was starting to feel kind of dizzy and wondering if I was losing blood. My concern was that I wouldn’t make it back to shore, but we were able to do it.”
J.J. stayed by his side as emergency medical personnel raced his dad to the hospital.
Dr. Greg Skomal, Massachusetts’ top shark scientist, says the attack most likely involved a great white.
“Given what we now about the other species in the area … it’s not likely to be a Blue or a Mako, or any of those other coastal sharks. All this add up to the white shark being a candidate,” he said.
A great white shark was also spotted trailing a kayaker three weeks ago at Nauset Beach, about 25 miles south of Monday’s attack. That’s a total of four shark sightings this summer off the coast of Cape Cod.
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