Swimming was suspended at a Long Island beach on Wednesday for the second time this month following another report of “dangerous marine life activity” which, according to a local source with direct knowledge of the matter, involved a shark bite to a surfer.

Few official details were immediately available regarding the incident at Smith Point, the same beach where a lifeguard was bitten during a training exercise less than two weeks ago. No details of a possible casualty or possible sighting were known. The source said the attack happened sometime between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. The surfer’s condition was not known.

Helicopter 4 showed a heavy emergency response to the scene by mid-morning.

Smith Point was one of two beaches in Suffolk County which temporarily halted boating activities earlier this month due to “dangerous marine activity”. Cupsogue was the other that closed, but both beaches reopened for the July 4 holiday.

The rescuer in this first case from Smith Point had acted as a victim in the training exercise when he was bitten in the chest. He attempted to crush the creature, which was 4 to 5 feet long, and injured his hand, authorities said. It was the first shark attack reported at Smith Point since the beach opened in 1959, the parks commissioner had said.

During training ahead of the July 4 holiday, a lifeguard with a decade of experience was attacked by a shark, injuring his chest and hand, reports Adam Harding.

The lifeguard needed a few stitches, but was said to be fine. Authorities said someone reported seeing a shark in the area before the attack, but it was unclear if it was the same shark. A few days later, last Thursday, a lifeguard from the Ocean Beach community of Fire Island was also attacked by a shark. This person also survived.

And another possible shark bite was reported on the last day of June at Jones Beach.

More shark sightings to come?

More and more sharks are being spotted in the waters off Long Island, a trend that is expected to continue – and experts say that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Cleaner oceans, warmer water temperatures and a resurgence of bunker fish that sharks feed on are seen as factors, experts say. Detection, from drones to helicopters, has also improved, and reports are easily disseminated via social media.

“There are a lot more sharks than 10 or 15 years ago,” Christopher Paparo, director of the Stony Brook University Marine Science Center, told Newsday. “We spot sharks, whales and dolphins here. In the 1960s we didn’t have sharks, whales and dolphins.

Shark attacks in the region have been very rare until recently, with an average of about one reported every 10 years over the past century, Newsday reported. Two lifeguards were bitten and a third person was bitten in what was possibly a shark attack in the past two weeks, the newspaper reported.

The United States recorded 47 unprovoked shark bites in 2021, a 42% increase from the 33 incidents reported in 2020, according to records kept by the Florida Museum of Natural History.