NEW YORK — A stretch of Long Island beaches were closed Monday after possible shark sightings.
Red flags were raised after a lifeguard patrolling on a surf board spotted a shark around 11:30 a.m., WCBS reported.
“It came out, spun out of the water, spun around, didn’t look like a dolphin fin,” lifeguard Logan Fitzgerald said. “Definitely a shark.”
Officials believe it was a nearly 12-foot bull shark swimming within about 10 feet of people. Beaches were closed for 13 miles then reopened for wading, only to be closed again around 3 p.m. after a second bull shark sighting, WNBC reported.
“This is something we haven’t seen down here in a number of years,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin told WCBS. “Size of it was a concern. The staff haven’t seen a shark this size in quite a long time, if ever, and this is just out of an abundance of caution to the residents for their safety.”
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