Sharks spotted at Cupsogue Beach; swimming off limits

Police say they closed two county beaches to swimmers today after six sharks were spotted in the waters off Cupsogoue Beach. The sharks' fins were

WESTHAMPTON - Police say they closed two county beaches to swimmers today after six sharks were spotted in the waters off Cupsogoue Beach.

The sharks' fins were spotted bobbing in the shallow part of the waters, just beyond where the waves were breaking. Officials quickly closed off the Westhampton beach to swimmers and say Smithpoint Beach was also closed as a precautionary measure.

The parks remain open, but signs were posted warning everyone to stay on dry land. Officials were also verbally reminding beachgoers as they pulled into the parking lot.

The sharks haven't officially been identified, but experts who have seen pictures of them say that they are likely basking sharks, which don't have teeth and eat plankton.

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