Two people were bitten by sharks off of Long Island on Wednesday, officials said.
What appeared to be a shark's tooth was extracted from the boy's leg and was be analyzed to determine the species he encountered while boogie-boarding at Atlantique Beach in the town of Islip, 5o miles (80km) east of Manhattan, officials said. Chief lifeguard Craig Amarando said the boy had puncture wounds and that a shark tooth was found inside the boy.
Image Lola Pollina was bitten by a shark
The spokesperson said he was able to walk onto a police boat on his own.
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.More news: Heat warning continues in parts of central and southern Alberta
A spokeswoman for Fire Island National Seashore, which runs Sailors Haven beach, says a 12-year-old girl suffered bite marks "consistent with a large fish" while wading but it wasn't immediately confirmed to be a shark.
The identity of the tooth, which is "consistent with a large fish", is being studied by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which will report its findings to the Suffolk County Marine Bureau, Rogers said. Islip town officials initially confirmed that the boy's bite was indeed a shark attack, but later issued a statement saying that the 13-year-old was bit by "what may possibly have been a shark". Lola's father, Philip Pollina, said he could tell what he was seeing when he looked at her wound. The beaches have been closed as police helicopters search the water for the shark or sharks. "We were at the beach and there wasn't a tiger or anything", she said, laughing. Swimmers were allowed back into the water around 2:30 p.m. when the sighting was deemed to be a sandbar shark.More news: Meghan's Dad Says He's Been Cut Off — Thomas Markle Interview
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