Rockaway Beach, NYC, 2015 – Photo: Mariela Lombard/The NY Journal
A curious video of a shark jumping like a dolphin near Rockaway Beach (NYC) appeared on social networks today after several reports of bathers bitten by alleged sharks this summer in neighboring Long Island.
“Look closely. That’s not a dolphin,” Rockaway Times posted this morning, sharing a video of the shark leaping into the air on his Twitter page.
The news coincides with a multi-day heat wave, which has led many to take refuge on the beach in search of relief. On Monday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that state agencies would increase shark patrols and monitoring on Long Island after a wave of sightings and attacks on the south shore.
“We are taking steps to expand shark patrols and protect beachgoers from potentially dangerous situations,” the governor said in a statement. “I encourage all New Yorkers to listen to local authorities and take precautions to help ensure safe and responsible trips to the beach this summer.”
“Tricia Gahn was filming her husband, Chris, teaching their son, Timmy, how to surf,” she wrote when the shark was sighted. Rockaway Times. “Let’s just say Timmy’s lesson was interrupted.”
The video was taken from Beach 121st St. yesterday afternoon, around the same time the city closed the entire beach due to shark sightings, he said. DailyNews. At 6 pm, the Parks Department lifted the swimming ban and announced the Police station 100 of the New York Police.
On Sunday, a roughly mile-long stretch of ocean from Beach Ninth St. to Beach 29th St. was closed after sharks were seen in the water. The swimmers returned to the waves about two hours later, authorities said.
Although shark attacks on humans are very rare, several other cases in recent weeks have been reported in New York.
“We are seeing a lot more sharks in our waters because the ecosystem is very healthy,” Frank Quevedo, executive director of the South Fork Nature Center and Museum of Natural History, said earlier this month. “Without sharks in our waters, the ecosystem will collapse.”
His organization studies sharks on Long Island. “People don’t have to worry about sharks, period,” Quevedo said. “The sharks are here specifically to eat the abundant populations of Atlantic menhaden and other bait fish that are a food source for them. They’re not here to eat people.”