Sharks attack two children in NY, officials say

Two children attacked by sharks off Long Island, officials say

Two beaches on New York's Fire Island were closed Wednesday after a pair of shark attacks, the first in 70 years in the area.

The identity of the tooth, which is "consistent with a large fish", is being studied by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which will report its findings to the Suffolk County Marine Bureau, Rogers said.

The two Fire Island beaches where the incidents happened are about 4 miles apart.

Beachgoers are seen at Fire Island on July 18, 2018. "I thought it was a shark", the 12-year-old said at the press conference.

Lola said that she saw a "tannish, orangey-looking body and a small fin" while she was in the water.

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"Once we figured it out it was pretty surreal", he said. She said it only hurt when lifeguards started poking around the wound.

A town lifeguard who attends medical school tended to the injured boy, a camper at an Islip town day camp, after the midday attack. State police sent a drone into the air to search the waters for sharks, according to George Gorman, Long Island deputy regional director of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Swimmers were allowed back into the water around 2:30 p.m. when the sighting was deemed to be a sandbar shark. Officials said it is now shark breeding season and most shark attacks happen at the surf zone.

"We're seeing this as an opportunity to remind everyone that the water is handsome - it's magnificent here on the south shore of Long Island but treacherous".

Only about 10 cases of shark bites on people have ever been documented in NY state, the last one in 1948, Levine told Reuters by telephone, citing information he said was furnished by Islip town supervisors. "So you need to be careful at all times". He said it was unlikely that it was a great white shark, because such a shark would likely have caused far more grievous injuries, and the victims may not have been able to walk around afterwards.

One puncture contained a tooth that was removed for testing to determine its origin.

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