A pack of more than 20 sharks was spotted Sunday at Davis Park, a beach community on Fire Island right off the coast of Long Island.
There were sharks seen close to shore earlier in the day, following the huge schools of Menhaden also known as mossbunker and bunker, a baitfish that congregates near shore attracting sharks, striped bass, rays, and Humpback Whales that follow them.
The animals were seen coming out of the water and splashing offshore around 2pm. Lifeguards noticed the pack of sharks and closed the beach for swimming for about an hour.
East Coast beachgoers have been joined by more sharks than normal this year. Just on Thursday, swimmers were called out of the water at three different Long Island beaches due to shark sightings.
More than 20 sharks were spotted splashing and swimming off the coast of Davis Park on Fire Island Sunday afternoon
The animals were seen coming out of the water and splashing offshore around 2pm. Lifeguards noticed the pack of sharks and closed the beach for swimming for about an hour
The sharks were stalking behind a massive school of baitfish (pictured)
The sharks were following the huge schools of Menhaden also known as mossbunker and bunker, a baitfish that congregates near shore
The baitfish commonly attract sharks, striped bass, rays, and Humpback Whales near the shores as they follow them into shallow waters
Lifeguards noticed the pack of sharks at around 2 pm and closed the beach to swimmers for about an hour as a precaution
In 2021, Nassau County has recorded more than triple the shark sightings that were reported this same time last year
Before Sunday’s sighting, Nassau beaches had reported 20 shark sightings since the beginning of 2021
Researchers have confirmed that white shark sighting records have risen all along the Atlantic Coast this year
Lifeguards in Hempstead spotted a 6-foot shark about 25 yards off Lido West Beach. Five lifeguards spotted the animal at around 11 am. Swimmers were pulled out of the water along a four-mile stretch of shoreline including Lido, Point Lookout, and Nickerson Beach.
Thursday’s sighting was the 20th confirmed shark sighting at Nassau beaches so far this summer, more than triple what was recorded by this time last year.
Researchers have confirmed that white shark sightings and catch records have risen all along the Atlantic Coast this year. Beachgoers can track the creatures using the Ocearch Global Shark Tracker which shows where tagged sharks were last detected.
Although shark attacks around the world decreased for the third consecutive year in 2020, it was the deadliest year for such attacks since 2013 with 10 unprovoked bites resulting in deaths. The University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File recorded a total of 129 shark-human interactions with 57 unprovoked shark bites last year.
The US leads the world in the number of unprovoked bites with 33 confirmed shark bites in 2020. This is 19.5% lower than the 41 incidents that occurred in the US in 2019.
Shark attacks around the world decreased for the third consecutive year in 2020 with an average of 80 incidents annually
Last year was 2020 the deadliest year for shark attacks since 2013 with 10 unprovoked bites resulting in deaths- his number is above the annual global average
At least four great whites are currently lurking off the coast of Long Island and New Jersey according to researchers
“Before gaining federal protection in the late ’90s, it’s estimated that the population of great white sharks in the Northwest Atlantic may have declined as much as 80% as a result of fishing pressure,” Atlantic White Shark Conservancy(AWSC) CEO Cynthia Wigren explained in an email to Fox News. “Over the past decade, great white shark sightings and catch records have increased, suggesting some level of population recovery, but the status of the species remains uncertain. Conservation efforts are critical to the long-term survival of the species.”
In June, professional shark taggers reported there were at least four great whites lurking off Long Island and New Jersey. A 600-pound shark named Rose and a gigantic 16-foot, 3,456-pounder named Mary Lee are following closely behind as they swim towards Cape Cod.
“Right now the sharks are loading up on dog fish, seals and blubber over the summer,” Chris Fischer, the founder of the Ocearch research foundation, told the New York Post.
Ocearch has tagged 70 sharks but claim that they only represent a small portion of the aquatic predators currently in the waters. “There are thousands of them on the East Coast right now,” Fischer said. The numbers of these sea creatures were expected to peak in late summer near Cape Cod, before they change their route and migrate back to the Carolinas.
The increased presence of white sharks close to shore has been partially tied to recent increases in seal populations. An increase of sharks in northern waters is also attributed to rising water temperatures due to climate change.
Climate change is pushing more members of cold-water-loving species to travel farther up north in search of cooler waters
The oceans have been warming as North America set a record for the hottest month in recorded history according to the UN
North America was reported to be on the top-10 lists of countries in the world with the hottest July temperatures
Between 15 and 20 different species of sharks swim in the waters off the East Coast of North America
“Global climate change has prompted warmer water temperatures farther northward,” George Burgess, former director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, told Business Insider. This change is pushing more members of cold-water-loving species, such as great whites, to travel farther up north in search of cooler temperatures.
“For white sharks, the total area occupied by them probably won’t change, but where that area is will change — it’ll shift farther north,” Burgess said.
There are between 15 and 20 shark species that swim in East Coast waters. “Of those, perhaps only six or seven of them are potentially dangerous to humans in the sense of being biters,” Burgess explained.
Sharks use the temperature of the water to regulate their body heat. But oceans absorb 93% of the excess heat trapped on the planet by greenhouse gases. The climate crisis has quickly been escalating as the earth is heating up.
One month after North America set a record for the hottest June ever, July topped it, becoming the hottest month in recorded history, officials said on Friday – days after a dire climate change report from the UN.
The combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 1.67F (0.93C) above the 20th-century average of 60.4 (15.8C), the hottest since record keeping started 142 years ago, according to data released from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released on Friday.
The combined temperature was 0.02F above the previous record, which was initially set in July 2016, then tied in July 2019 and July 2020, the agency added.
Breaking the data down further, NOAA said Asia had its hottest July on record, while Europe had its second-hottest – tied with July 2010 – behind July 2018.
North America, South America, Africa and Oceania all had July temperatures in their respective top-10 lists.