Children Bitten in Suspected Shark Attacks Off New York Coast


A"no swimming sign is seen near Ocean Beach on Fire Island in Islip N.Y. on Thursday. Associated Press Seth Wenig

A National Parks Service official told ABC News that the designation of a shark attack must come from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

A shark's tooth extracted from the leg of a 13-year old boy, who was attacked at Atlantique Beach in Islip, New York, U.S., is shown in this photo provided July 18, 2018.

A 12-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy were bitten on the legs miles apart from each other on Wednesday. "We were at the beach and there wasn't a tiger or anything", she said, laughing. The boy, who was part of a town camp, is OK and was able to walk on and off a police boat before he was sent to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

"I probably will go in the water again", she said, "but I'll be more careful".

Neither incident has yet been officially confirmed as a shark attack, but Mr Levine added: "The tooth we pulled out of the kid's leg looks like a shark's tooth". It was only after lifeguards began pouring water on the wound and wrapping it in gauze that she began to wince.

She says the water was so cold she didn't feel anything, but there's little doubt the creature that chomped on her leg was a shark.

Lola was in waist-deep water roughly 10-feet off the shore when it happened.

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

Experts have said both the tooth and the bite marks on the girl's leg were "consistent with a large fish". "We're seeing this as an opportunity to remind everyone that the water is attractive - its magnificent here on the south shore of Long Island, but treacherous".

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement saying he had deployed DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos to lead a multi-agency investigation into the possible shark attacks.

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