Two rare shark attacks reported along New York’s Fire Island beaches

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Soon after that attack, the boy was bitten while boogie boarding in the waters off another Fire Island beach, known as Atlantique, officials said.

"The Suffolk County Marine Bureau is awaiting identification of the tooth from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Marine Bureau", Rogers said in a statement, "and has not confirmed the incident as a shark bite".

The victims - a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy - were discharged after emergency medical treatment for their separate mishaps, each with a bandaged right leg, and both are expected to fully recover.

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The girl saw a fin in the water and the shark couldn't have been more than two feet long, Polina said. The boy, who was part of a town camp, is OK and was able to walk on and off a police boat before he was sent to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. "We were at the beach and there wasn't a tiger or anything", she said, laughing.

Fire Island beaches were closed afterward until further notice, National Park Service spokeswoman Elizabeth Rogers said.

According to the Press, the last shark attack on Long Island was in 1948, one of only seven in New York State since 1670, none of them fatal.

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"The water is attractive, it is magnificent here. but the water can be treacherous", Carpenter said. "The State will do everything we can to protect beachgoers and keep the community safe", Cuomo said. Bathers were allowed to return to the water after the lifeguard sighting was confirmed to be a sandbar shark.

Authorities have yet to confirm whether the two teenagers were effectively targeted by a shark. "So you need to be careful at all times". The attacks come just days before the July 22 start of Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" programming marathon, now in its 30th year.

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