Last year, nine people died from confirmed shark attacks.
Now, there have been recent reports on Long Island.
Why are sharks attacking?
In the past two weeks, there have been five shark attacks reported in Long Island. The increased amount of shark activity is because of the latitude. At this location, there are more sharks swimming close to beaches.
The director of the Center for Marine Sciences at Stony Brook University, Christopher Paparo, said that the increased activity isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are more sharks in the area also because they are hunting smaller fish. One of the fish they are hunting is bunker fish, whose population has recently rebounded.
There are a few species of sharks that swim near the beaches in New York including: sand tiger, tiger, dusky, spinner and white sharks that are smaller.
Experts have yet to determine which species is attacking swimmers on Long Island, but it is thought to be sand tiger sharks. This kind of shark tends to be a darker grey than other species. They can grow up to 10 feet long and are second in line for human encounters, behind great white sharks.
It is important to keep in mind that sharks are not trying to eat surfers and swimmers. They would rather eat fish but in some cases will mistake us for prey. If you see schools of fish avoid swimming with them do reduce your chances of being mistaken for prey.