On Wednesday, a second shark attack was reported off the shore of New York, making it the sixth one off Long Island in the previous two weeks.
According to the county, at 6:05 p.m. officers from the Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau went to Seaview Beach on Fire Island in response to a shark bite.
The shark attacked the 49-year-old Arizona guy from behind while he was standing in waist-deep water, biting him in the left wrist and buttocks. Before being flown to Stony Brook University Hospital by a Suffolk County Police helicopter, the man emerged from the water on his own. His wounds did not pose a life-threatening risk.
After a morning attack on a 41-year-old man using a paddle board, Suffolk County officials banned Smith Point Beach to swimming earlier in the day. The man, who identified the shark as a sand tiger, caused the victim to sustain a 4-inch gash on his leg. Smith Point Beach reopened in the afternoon following a minor injury.
"Our lifeguards are continuing to patrol the ocean to ensure the safety of all beachgoers," Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone commented on social media.
The official referred to these attacks as the "new normal" and emphasized the value of swimming close to lifeguards during a press conference.
Recently, Smith Point and Cupsogue beaches reopened after being compelled to do so earlier this month due to earlier instances.
Despite the rarity of shark attacks, more sharks are being seen off Long Island.
The change in sightings is attributed by scientists to rising ocean temperatures and a resurgence of bunker fish. According to experts, the rise in shark populations is evidence that conservation efforts have been successful.