City of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin mentioned that round 1 p.m. lifeguards, who’re educated to determine sharks, noticed a blacktip reef shark about 20 yards offshore at Lido Seashore.
A second lifeguard witnessed a shark leap out of the water.
“It was about 20 yards offshore. Concurrently to that, we had one other lifeguard come over and say that they noticed a shark breach out of the water and spin,” Lido Seashore lifeguard Julia Burns mentioned.
They instantly closed the city’s seashores and obtained all swimmers out of the water.
Sightings had been additionally reported at Lengthy Seashore and Jones Seashore.
The sharks, named for his or her black-colored fins, are native to the Caribbean and are sometimes seen in our space.
Clavin mentioned their presence is regarding as a result of they sometimes feed on smaller fish that have a tendency to remain close to the shoreline.
Clavin mentioned a number of sightings of bull sharks final yr motivated the town to invest in its ‘shark patrol,’ particularly shopping for private watercraft for patrolling the shoreline.
“We’ve the jet ski in there, we’ve our boat patrols on the market, we’ve, really, guards strolling up and down the shoreline,” Clavin mentioned.
Clavin mentioned Nassau County additionally deployed aerial patrols.
“That is a number of sharks noticed all through this shoreline. We’re speaking 4 miles of seashore, proper right here, from Level Lookout to Lengthy Seashore. And we’ll take each precaution and preserve this up all the season,” Clavin mentioned.
At a 3 p.m. briefing, Clavin mentioned no sightings had been reported within the final 45 minutes. The city’s seashores reopened quickly after, however swimmers had been solely allowed into the waters as much as their knees.
It is the newest in a rash of latest sightings and shark interactions at seashores on Lengthy Island.
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