It was only a matter of time.
A man was bitten in the leg or ankle by a shark this afternoon while body surfing off Ballston Beach in Truro, according to witnesses, who also reported seeing a shark dorsal fin.
Rescue personnel were called to the beach at about 3:30 p.m. after a report of a shark bite. Shark sightings off the Cape have increased markedly in recent years up and down the Outer Cape.
The man was carried off the beach with what appeared to be wounds to at least one of his legs and foot area, a Times reporter said from the scene. The man was conscious and when asked by the reporter how he was doing he gave the thumbs up.
Anne-Marie Corner, a Truro summer resident, said she was watching two swimmers off the beach when a dorsal fin suddenly appeared in the water between them. The fin disappeared and then a short time later she heard a cry for help.
"I was shaken," said Corner. "It was horrifying to see it."
As of 4:45 p.m. Ballston Beach remained open as officials were still assessing the situation.
Several other witnesses also reported seeing a shark fin off the popular beach. The victim was body surfing about a third of a mile off the beach.
No further information is available at this time.