A surfer was bitten by a tiger shark on Smith Point beach, officials say

SHIRLEY, NY – A man is treated for a possible shark bite on Long Island.

It happened in Smith Point County Park on Wednesday morning.

Rescuers took the man to an area hospital.

He told them he had been attacked by a shark.

“There was a surfer in these waters who suffered, according to first responders, an approximately four inch gash to his leg, apparently from a tiger shark, identified by the individual at approximately four feet,” said said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

“It’s something you have to expect when you’re in the water. I saw him this morning when he was near the cabin getting treatment, but, you know, he looked like a little bite on his leg, I think It happens. There’s nothing that makes me so nervous. I’m going to keep coming to the beach and going in the water anyway, ”said a bather.

As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reports, early beachgoers arrived to swim only to find Smith Point Park closed, with signs warning of dangerous sea life and no swimming.

A surfer may have been bitten Wednesday morning, the latest in a string of incidents on Long Island this summer off South Shore beaches, Davis Park on Fire Island, and a possible bite from a swimmer offshore of Jones Beach.

During the 4th of July holidays a lifeguard from Smith Point was bitten during a training exercise.

“That’s a lot. You know, we had one last week, and we had another one again. Yeah, we’re just doing our best to keep everybody safe and everything and… keep, like , shark attacks to a minimum,” a lifeguard told McLogan. “There was like a surfer. He was out there…I think it was like a sand shark. They’ve been aggressive lately, the sharks, so we’re doing our best to keep everyone safe. world.”

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There have been several recent shark sightings on Long Island, prompting lifeguards to conduct increased patrols.

The increase in shark sightings is indicative of the improvement of the waters of our region, experts say.

“It means our waters are healthy and clean,” said Chris Paparo, director of Stony Brook University’s Center for Marine Science.


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