A man being shark bait since 1936?

Logan Rocha, Contributor

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Over the weekend, a Massachusetts man who went by the name, Arthur Medici was the first victim to be killed by a shark in the Cape Cod area since 1936.

Arthur Medici, 26, of Revere, Massachusetts, was attacked at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet on Saturday, according to the National Park Service. He was pulled out of the water and taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.  Many people jumped in the water to try and help the young man to shore, eventually the shark released him and the people could bring him to shore, he was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The shark that was said to have killed Medici was a Great White Shark.  Marine biologists say that Great White Sharks do not normally hunt humans as prey, but they will mistake them for other animals such as Seals, Manatees and other sea Mammals that sharks will feast on or stalk for prey. Experts also say, “Pretty much every shark bite is an accident,” said Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History. “It’s mistaken identity.” marine experts also said that the chance of being bitten by a shark is statistically low. Last year, there were 88 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including five fatalities, according to the program’s International Shark Attack File.

The U.S. has busy beaches and coastlines and many visitors which is holding the record for the most attacks off shore in the world. Experts say a new risk area is emerging in Massachusetts, where a thriving marine life population is colliding with tourists in ways not seen in almost a century, since a teenage boy was fatally bitten while swimming in 1936.  Research has also proven that the sudden growth sprout in seal population which is one of the primary food sources for Great White Sharks, has also raised the population on Great White Sharks. It is unusual, however, to see sharks traveling and attacking close to the shore. Sharks typically like to hunt in deeper water where they are less likely to come in contact with humans and other threats that may come to them as well.

Researchers have not yet given an accurate explanation on what is causing all the sharks to behave this way.

https://www.nytimes.com/

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