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A dead shark was found on a beach in Suffolk County on Wednesday morning. The shark’s carcass was approximated to be seven or eight feet in length.
A local came across the rare sight around 9:30 a.m. and the state Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the discovery to be a juvenile great white shark.
The shark washed on Dune Road Beach in Quogue, Long Island but was pulled back out to sea before police could secure it.
“At this time we are cautioning swimmers and boaters in the area to be aware of this ongoing situation, and to keep distance to allow the Law Enforcement to monitor this event,” the Quogue Village Police Department said in a Facebook post.
Another shark sighting on Long Island was caught on camera in the waters off Jones Beach last week. The New York State Department of Parks and Recreation released an aerial video of a shark chasing a school of fish.
The video was taken from a state parks lifeguard drone. Officials say it is unclear if this is the same shark spotted multiple times over the weekend.
This year, there have been an unprecedented 19 shark-sightings on Long Island’s Nassau County in New York, Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted.
A number of Nassau County beaches have been closed or restricted multiple times this summer due to shark sightings. Some beaches are restricting beach-goers to “knee-deep” swimming only.
In a tweet, Hochul said police are “intensifying aerial and water patrols out of an abundance of caution,” and urged people to stay calm.
On Monday, Hochul announced it would be enhancing helicopter patrols and ocean patrols over the shoreline to alert swimmers of any shark-sightings.
Experts continue to point out that the increased shark activity is a sign of healthy oceans and ocean life. Despite the reassurance, Gov. Kathy Hochul called for heightened protocols and additional safety measures on Monday.