(This July 5 story has actually been remedied to repair the director’s name in paragraph 3)
By Rachel Nostrant
NEW YORK CITY (Reuters) – Four shark attacks were reported off the coast of New York’s Long Island over the vacation weekend, extending a current spike in such encounters in state waters, however authorities stated the victims suffered just small injuries.
With the attacks over the weekend, the two-year overall for the state stands at 13, more than have actually been reported in the previous 175 years, research study from the Atlantic Shark Institute programs.
“To see this many this quickly this early in the season, not withstanding last year, I’m surprised,” Jon Dodd, the institute’s director, stated on Wednesday.
The very first attacks took place early on Monday night, when a 15-year-old young boy browsing near Fire Island was bitten on his heel and toes. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, Suffolk County Police stated.
The 2nd event, likewise on Monday, occurred at Robert Moses State Park, about 7 miles (11.3 km) far from the very first. A 15-year-old woman suffered 3 leak injuries on her left leg.
On Tuesday, 2 males were assaulted in different encounters, one at Quogue Village Beach in the Hamptons, and the other near the sight of the very first attack. Neither continual deadly injuries.
The types thought to be accountable is the sand tiger shark, Marie Levine, executive director of the Shark Research Institute, stated.
“It appears like sand tiger sharks, since of their dentition and they like to be near to coast, where they’re searching fish,” she stated, describing bite marks on the victims.
Around 50 sand tigers were found by drones off Long Island on Tuesday, and swimming in the area was prohibited for more than an hour.
Experts state sand sharks have actually moved better to coast over the last few years since warmer ocean temperature levels have actually brought their victim into shallower waters near to land.
While no other attacks were reported over the weekend, shark sightings were reported in Florida and Massachusetts. Video video from Pensacola, on Florida’s Panhandle, revealed startled swimmers hurrying ashore on Sunday as a black dorsal fin and tail cut through shallow waters.
Despite increasing sand tiger shark attacks, the types has actually never ever eliminated a human, professionals state. But other, more lethal types have actually likewise moved into northern waters over the last few years. In 2020, an excellent white shark eliminated a Maine female in the very first reported shark attack because state’s history.