A 26-year-old man died on Saturday after being attacked by a shark in Cape Cod.

Experts said they believe this is the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in more than 80 years. Witnesses said they saw the victim, Arthur Medici, and another person boogie boarding about 30 yards from the shoreline and that the pair started screaming when the shark appeared.

Medici, a Revere, Massachusetts, native, was given CPR but eventually died at Cape Cod Hospital. The youngster was reportedly a part-time student at Bunker Hill Community College this past spring.

Sightings of sharks have reportedly gone up in the Massachusetts Bay area as the gray seal population has risen.


According a shark research program at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the previous deadly shark attack in Massachusetts occurred in 1936. In August, a 61-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Cape Cod but was not killed.

Experts have since warned swimmers to not enter the water alone or around dusk or dawn. They have also noted that when many seals or big groups of fish are in the water, this indicates a shark could be close.

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