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Warning for beachgoers as sharks spotted ‘closer than ever’ to US coast, with more sightings and attacks

EERIE video shows sharks circling just yards off the coast of Long Island as officials ramp up patrols after a series of attacks.

Drone videographer Joanna Steidle, who captured the footage of the raptors, said she had never seen them so close to the beach.

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A drone videographer says the sharks were swimming less than 100 feet from shore WednesdayCredit: Twitter
This comes after a number of attacks have been reported, including that of 16-year-old Max Haynes, who was bitten from Fire Island.

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This comes after a number of attacks have been reported, including that of 16-year-old Max Haynes, who was bitten from Fire Island.Credit: Max Haynes
The 7- to 8-foot shark carcass washed up on a Long Island beach

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The 7- to 8-foot shark carcass washed up on a Long Island beachCredit: Town of Quogue Police Department
This summer saw a large number of shark sightings, prompting officials to issue warnings and temporarily close some beaches.

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This summer saw a large number of shark sightings, prompting officials to issue warnings and temporarily close some beaches.Credit: AP: Associated Press

“Sharks 80 feet off shore today-Hamptons NY,” Steidl wrote while sharing the video. Twitter.

“In the seven years I’ve been flying drones commercially in the Hamptons, I’ve never caught a shark this close to shore,” Steidl said.

The disturbing images of sharks on a “feeding frenzy” at Southampton’s Little Plains Beach come as Long Island has seen several attacks this summer.

At least six shark attacks have been reported in recent weeks, though none of them have been fatal.

“The scary part was the 5 teenagers dressed to surf in the parking lot,” Steidl added of the footage.

“I go every day and get a good shot a week if I’m lucky,” he wrote.

The town of Southampton acknowledged the uptick they’ve seen in a news release.

“In the wake of several shark bites in western Suffolk County last week and several shark sightings along the coast, councils have stepped up their efforts,” he said.

“Every day we have boats out on the water and we coordinate with our lifeguard staff and 911 calls, using our boats and drones, as well as land radio cars.”

Town Parks Director Kristen Doulos said the recent uptick in sightings is a result of more people monitoring the sharks, as drone and cell phone videos have spread quickly on social media.

“There are plenty of fish in the local waters as well,” he said.

“Even though the odds of a fatal shark attack are one in 3.7 million, we’re still being very cautious.”

Max Haynes, 16, was one of six bite victims.

He was surfing at Fire Island when his foot was cut off.

He told The Post: “I felt something on my leg like a bear trap, pull me out from under.

“It went straight to my foot and it got tight. I felt that my foot was broken.’

Shawn Donnelly, 41, was thrown from his surfboard when a sand tiger shark attacked off the coast of Smith Point Beach on July 13.

It left a four-inch gash on his leg.

Donnelly revealed that he punched the shark to scare the beast away.

He told NBC New York, “He grabbed my left calf and threw me off the board…as I was falling off the board, I saw the fin and his back.”

A 49-year-old tourist from Arizona was attacked by a shark the same day at Seaview Beach.

According to the New York Post , police said the shark “chased him from behind and gashed him on the left wrist and buttock.”

John Mullins, 17, who was participating in lifeguard training, was attacked by a shark on July 7.

Lifeguard Zach Gallo, 33, was also bitten July 3 while conducting training exercises at Smith Point Beach.

Last week, a great white shark washed up on a beach in Quogue Village. It was 7 to 8 meters long.

Several beaches in the south have been closed due to the sightings.

“There is no doubt that climate change plays a big role […] especially in the sightings we’ve been seeing this year and last year,” said Chris Paparo of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s shark research team.

“As sea temperatures are rising due to climate change, many fish populations are shifting north.”

There have been many shark sightings off Cape Cod, Chatham and Orleans.

Long Island has experienced several shark attacks recently

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Long Island has experienced several shark attacks recently



Warning for beachgoers as sharks spotted ‘closer than ever’ to US coast, with more sightings and attacks

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