Shark leaves behind DNA in Cape attack


TRURO, Mass. (WPRI) — After a shark bit a man in the waters off of Cape Cod, researchers are getting a rare opportunity to figure out which species of shark was the attacker. 

Turns out the shark that attacked William Lytton on Aug. 15 in the waters off Truro left behind pieces of its teeth. Researchers plan to analyze that DNA.

Marine biologist and shark expert Gregory Skomal will collect the shark tooth fragments this week, according to the Boston Herald. DNA testing will be done to confirm that this was from a great white shark, and possibly reveal its size.

Lytton underwent physical therapy after a number of surgeries. He said he punched the shark in the gills to escape and estimates he was only 10 feet from shore when he was attacked. 

“I felt like I was in a wrestling match because this animal was trying to flip me,” Lytton said. ” I turned my head around, I see a big head on my leg that belongs to the shark. and this was my advantage as it turns out.”

The Boston Herald said Lytton will receive those shark teeth back when researchers are done with them. He plans to make jewelry with the pieces.

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