For the past several summers, we've been hearing about great white sharks patrolling the waters on the Cape and the SouthCoast. Up until now, however, most of these shark sightings haven't amounted to much more than what some are calling media hype. That changed yesterday when a 61-year-old man was bitten on the hip and torso by a great white shark.

The man was reportedly surfing several hundred yards out in the water, a considerable distance from the shore.

To me, the most amazing part of this story is that after a crowd of people helped carry this man up steep dunes to a waiting ambulance, a number of people had no hesitation in jumping right back into the water. Swimmers ignored warning signs about the sharks and were playing and splashing in the ocean where just minutes ago a man was an appetizer for a great white.

We asked the question this morning on the air and on our Facebook page: "Does yesterday's shark attack make you nervous about going into the ocean?"

Ashley said, "I’ve always been afraid to go in past my knees haha. I’ll stick to that and I’ll swim in the pool where nothing can eat me ."

Manny blames the media. "This is why people start freaking out because we make it a bigger deal than it is."

Angel says she'll still go to the beach, but stay on the sand. "The ocean is gross to begin with. Yuck. You come out feeling gross. Nah I'm good. I'll stick to reading a book on the beach. Thanks."

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