Investigators want to know whether two children bitten on Wednesday in the waters off NY beaches were attacked by sharks.
A 13-year-old boy was attacked by a shark on Wednesday off Fire Island in NY.
Islip Town officials say two sharks were caught by fishermen in the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday afternoon. EMTs at the scene removed a tooth from the boy's leg. The boy was transported by police boat to a local hospital, she said.
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, three kilometres east of Islip, when she was bitten. No further information was immediately available.
At Sailors Haven beach, 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.
Beachgoers are seen at Fire Island on July 18, 2018.
"I probably will go in the water again", she said, "but I'll be more careful".
At a press conference following the incidents, chief lifeguard Craig Amarando said that the boy who was also bitten was "a fearless boy" who was "very scared". "It has not been totally confirmed" that the boy was bitten by a shark, Carpenter said, but lifeguards and emergency medical personnel who treated the victim assumed it was a shark bite when they found the shark tooth in his leg.
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.