Two shark attacks reported off New York's Fire Island

This shark was caught near where the attacks took place

Investigators want to know whether two children bitten on Wednesday in the waters off NY beaches were attacked by sharks.

The girl, identified at a news conference with her parents afterward as Lola Pollina, said she was standing in waist-deep water at Sailors Haven beach in nearby Brookhaven, 3km east of Islip, when she was bitten.

Police confirmed that the injuries are bites, but are still investigating whether a shark was responsible.

In one of the attacks, a 13-year-old boy was boogie boarding at Atlantique Beach when he was struck, said Caroline Smith, spokeswoman for the town of Islip.

Separately, a 2.2 metre tiger shark was caught by a fisherman at Kismet, another beach town 3.2 km west of Islip, Mr Levine said, adding he doubted either animal involved in the attacks was that large. "We urge swimmers to be vigilant and will continue to do everything we can to protect beachgoers", DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

Lola Pollina was bitten by a shark
Image Lola Pollina was bitten by a shark

At Sailors Haven, a 12-year-old girl suffered bite marks "consistent with a large fish" while wading, said Elizabeth Rogers, a spokeswoman for Fire Island National Seashore, which runs the beach.

"The water is handsome, it is magnificent here. but the water can be treacherous", Carpenter said.

Local authorities said that if confirmed they would mark the state's first such incidents in 70 years.

Only about ten cases of shark bites on people have ever been documented in NY state, the last one in 1948, Mr Levine said. Officials said it is now shark breeding season and most shark attacks happen at the surf zone. "So you need to be careful at all times". A tooth was removed from a puncture wound in his leg. The girl was able to walk to shore with help from her caregiver and was treated at a hospital.




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