Two Children Bitten In First New York Shark Attack In 70 Years

Marsha Scott
July 20, 2018

News 12 reported that a 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were bitten while in the ocean Wednesday at separate beaches on Fire Island.

The tooth specimen, which is "consistent with a large fish", was being studied by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which will report its findings to the Suffolk County Marine Bureau, Rogers said.

In one of the attacks, a 13-year-old boy was boogie boarding at Atlantique Beach when he was struck, said Caroline Smith, spokeswoman for the town of Islip. Wednesday's attacks would be the first shark attacks in NY since 1948.

The shark was one of two pulled from the waters off of Atlantique Beach this morning, including an 8-foot whopper, the same ABC reporter tweeted, citing Town of Islip officials. Both children were released from the hospital after sustaining non-life threatening injuries, and are reportedly in "good spirits".

The girl, Lola Pollina, told a press conference she had been standing waist deep in the water, and rushed back to the shore with a bloody leg after she had been bitten.

She said the shadow in the water appeared to be about 4ft (1.2m) long.

Lola Pollina was bitten by a shark
Image Lola Pollina was bitten by a shark

An unflappable 12-year-old is smiling in her hospital bed just hours after she says a shark attacked her leg.

"I see her going into shock, kind of, I saw the thrashing about", Philip Pollina.

Fire Island beaches are reopening on Thursday after 2 possible juvenile shark attacks on Wednesday afternoon.

Purple shark warning flags are flown from lifeguard chairs every day to warn beachgoers that sharks are present in the waters along the outer Cape, she said.

The girl says she was attacked when she was waist-deep in the water.

For years, researchers and scientists have been trying to discover if the Long Island shoreline is a nursery for sharks. "Both of these kids are OK and we are seeing this as an opportunity to remind everyone that the water can be risky, we need to be careful at all time", Carpenter said. Officials said it is now shark breeding season and most shark attacks happen at the surf zone.

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