Lavallette lifeguards report no shark sightings despite multiple incidents in NY

Lifeguards at Lavallette Beach said Saturday there has not been a major shark sighting in six years, despite the increase in shark sightings and attacks in New York.

News 12 Staff

Jul 9, 2022, 10:04 PM

Updated 703 days ago

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Lifeguards at Lavallette Beach said Saturday there has not been a major shark sighting in six years, despite the increase in shark sightings and attacks in New York.
New York increased patrols after a lifeguard was bitten by a shark at Smith Point Beach on Long Island. Another lifeguard on Fire Island on Long Island was also bitten during a training session.
The incidents in New York have prompted concerns at New Jersey beaches.
"There was something looking suspicious in the water, people got nervous, the guards investigated it. They just cleared the area where the schools were coming through. We didn't have to clear the water," said Lavallette Beach Patrol Lifeguard Captain Jack Caucino about one incident. He reiterated, however, when they see schools of fish, that's a sign for swimmers to get away.
"You see a lot of splashing out to sea, the guards pay attention to that area and people should pay attention to stay away from those areas 'cause fish are feeding," Caucino said. He added that he hasn't seen a shark at Lavallette Beach in about six years.
With these recent shark incidents in New York, some New Jersey beachgoers said they are concerned for their safety.
"I'm literally just walking up to my knees and that's my limit. I can't get in anymore," said Melissa Hankas, of Colts Neck.
Some beachgoers said they use technology to stay safe.
"I have like an app on my phone. It's a shark tracker, so the sharks that are tagged, if they're in the local vicinity, I'll probably just like opt to stay out of the water for the most part," said Katherine Scott, who was visiting from Orange County, New York.
The increase in bait fish and the water temperature could be what is bringing the sharks closer to shore, according to lifeguards.
Lavallette lifeguards said they have not increased patrols, however, they have a good vantage point from their watch towers to see if anything happens on the water.
They've also marked areas where beachgoers can and can't swim.


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