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U.S. Coast Guard(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Thirty-five threatened sea turtles are safely recuperating in the Florida sunshine after they were found suffering from hypothermia in Cape Cod, Mass.

This year, a record 150 sea turtles have been rescued from the cold by the New England Aquarium Rescue Program, causing shelters in the region to run out of room.

The NOAA Fisheries Northeast Region Stranding Network teamed up with members of the Coast Guard, who flew on a C-130J aircraft from their home base in Elizabeth City, N.C., to Cape Cod, Mass., on Friday, where they picked up 35 of the turtles to transport to the sunshine state.

The turtles, which included 20 of the extremely rare Kemp’s Ridley species and 15 Loggerheads, were dropped off at five wildlife recovery centers in Florida, including SeaWorld in Orlando, where they will spend the winter season recovering, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.

It’s too soon to say when the animals will be able to return home, said Susan Flower, a spokeswoman for SeaWorld Orlando.  The theme park’s rehabilitation center is caring for 20 of the turtles.

“Our goal is always to return animals back to their natural environment,” she said.  “Really it just depends on how they’re doing.  We evaluate them, we have our team with them all the time.”

The SeaWorld facility has plenty of experience working with turtles, Flower said, and has also cared for rescued manatees, birds, dolphins and pilot whales, among other marine animals.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(CAPE COD, Mass.) — Some beaches in Cape Cod, Mass., could be closed for the big Labor Day weekend after fishermen reported shark sightings hundreds of feet from the shoreline.

Beaches from the Orleans-Chatham town line south along Nauset Beach to Monomoy were closed Wednesday with no date for when they will reopen.

A family enjoying the day off the coast of Chatham last week came across a great white shark feasting on a gray seal, according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston.

Swimmers were warned to stay at least 300 feet away from seals.

Sharks have been more visible along Cape Cod this summer with numerous sightings.  Experts blame a drastic increase in the area’s seal population on which sharks feed.

“The elbow of the cape has these large, dense concentrations of gray seals now, and these white sharks go to the area to feed,” said Greg Skomal, a senior biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.  “Because the seals are so abundant, now the white sharks are paying more attention.”

A man was attacked in July by what is believed to be a great white shark in the waters off Ballston Beach in Truro, Mass.  Police said Chris Myers was bit in both legs below the knees in possibly one single, crushing blow.

“I’ve been swimming at that beach since I was a little kid, and no one in recent memory has ever had a shark attack, let alone by a great white, which they are saying they think it was,” Myers told ABC’s Good Morning America after the suspected shark attack. “Maybe people need to be a little more careful.”

Three weeks before that incident, a great white shark was spotted trailing a kayaker at Nauset Beach, about 25 miles south of Ballston Beach.

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ABC News(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.

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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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Comstock/Thinkstock(CAPE COD, Mass.) — A man bitten by a shark Monday as he body-surfed with his teenage son off the coast of Ballston Beach near Cape Cod, Mass., is expected to live, officials said.

The attack happened around 3:30 p.m. when Chris Myers, a father of two, was pulled under the water by a shark.  Police say the shark bit Myers in both legs below the knees in possibly one single, crushing bite.

“They dragged him out and they had to carry him up here and they had to wrap it around his legs and he was bleeding through the gauzes,” a witness said.  “It was bad.  Both his legs were pretty bad.”

Myers was conscious and alert when authorities loaded him into an ambulance.

“It was pretty deep.  You could see muscle and bone,” Truro police officer Scott Holway said.  “It was like his flesh had been ripped.”

Several witnesses say they saw a shark fin appear before the attack.  They watched helplessly from the beach as Myers was pulled under the water by the shark.  Myers soon surfaced and screamed for help.

Witnesses were able to reach Myers after the attack and bring him safely to shore.  After Myers was raced to the hospital, authorities posted notices to swimmers but did not close the beach.  

Sharks have been more visible along Cape Cod this summer.  Experts say that’s because of a drastic increase of seals in the area.

“The elbow of the cape has these large, dense concentrations of gray seals now, and these white sharks go to the area to feed,” said Greg Skomal, a senior biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.  “Because the seals are so abundant, now the white sharks are paying more attention.”

A great white shark was 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.

“It’s a little alarming, I have to say,” a beachgoer said.  “With kids and boys that are pretty brave to go far out deep in the water, it’s a little alarming especially with the seals coming so close.”

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