A couple hundred yards from shore, J.J. asked his dad what would happen if a shark came along.
"Well, we'd be history," the father said.
Fortunately, he was wrong.
Chris Myers and his teenage son were swimming toward a sandbar 400 to 500 yards off Ballston Beach, Massachusetts. They wanted to body surf where the waves were breaking.
But just after the pair decided to turn around, something bit the man's leg.
"It felt like my leg was caught in a vise," the elder Myers said at a news conference Friday. "The shark decided I wasn't tasty or something good happened and he let me go."
The dark creature then surfaced between the two of them, who were about 6 feet apart, arching its back as if intentionally showing itself to them, he said.
Myers was hurt -- badly enough to warrant 47 stitches -- but the two took off toward the shore.