Brown shark bites Falmouth fisherman

A sandbar shark in the shallows off Nantucket.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff/File

A sandbar shark in the shallows off Nantucket.

A brown shark bit a Falmouth fisherman at Menauhant Beach Thursday night, fire officials said.

Rescue workers were called at 11:24 p.m.


After reeling in the approximately six-foot-long shark, the man was about to take a photo with his catch when the shark bit the man’s right foot, Falmouth Fire Lieutenant Terrance Rogers said.

The 34-year-old man was transported to Falmouth Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Falmouth Deputy Fire Chief Scott Thrasher said.

The brown shark, also known as the sandbar shark, can grow up to eight feet long, the non-profit National Aquarium in Baltimore said on its website. The sharks range from New England to Brazil in the western Atlantic.

Sophia Eppolito can be reached at or @SophiaEppolito.
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