JONES BEACH - A shark scare forced swimmers from the water at Jones Beach this afternoon.

The State Parks Department tells News 12 it got a report about a shark in the water at Jones Beach at Field 6.

A witness had said they thought it was a thresher shark.

Officials tell News 12 they've confirmed it was not a shark, but a skate.

Long Island beach-goers are hyper-sensitive to potential shark sightings after several great white sharks were recently spotted in the waters just off Long Island.