Park officials step up patrols after 5 shark bites reported in 2 days in waters off South Shore

All of the swimmers and surfers had injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

Krista McNally

Jul 5, 2023, 10:17 AM

Updated 290 days ago

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According to officials, there have been five suspected shark bites in two days as parks officials step up measures to protect swimmers.
New York State Park Police Lt. Alex Goodman says patrols on foot, by car, by boat, by helicopter and by drone have all been increased. Officials say the drones can be sent up instantly, and a 4K image is displayed on monitors to get a clear and closer look.
State park police say once a shark is spotted from above, that message will be relayed to swimmers through lifeguards within two minutes.
Five suspected shark bites have been reported this week. Officials confirmed the times and locations:
  • July 3rd - 1:45pm- A 15-year-old girl was bitten on her left leg at Robert Moses State Park in Babylon.
  • July 3rd- 5:20pm- A 15-year-old boy was bitten on the heel and toes at Kismet Beach on Fire Island.
  • July 4th- 1:50pm- A 47-year-old male was bitten in the chest and right knee at Quogue Village Beach in Quogue.
  • July 4th-1:55pm- A 49-year-old male was bitten on the right hand off Fire Island Pines on Fire Island.
  • July 4th- 4:25pm- An adult female was bitten on the thigh off Cherry Grove, Sailor Haven on Fire Island.
All of the swimmers and surfers had injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
New York state Parks Regional Director George Gorman says the sharks spotted were sand sharks. He says the experts say these bites are a mistake because the sharks think they are feeding on bay fish or bunker fish.
Warning signs are expected to go up at area beaches.
Gorman says a total of eight shark bites were reported last year.
A majority of beachgoers tell News 12 the recent shark bites will not stop them from going in the water. A few did admit to being scared of entering the ocean.
Officials say the safety of the swimmers is the top priority, and the risk of being bitten is low.


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