Long Island beachgoers get all-clear after shark sighting

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MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — Another beautiful day was interrupted by another shark sighting on Long Island, this time at Tobay Beach in the Town of Oyster Bay.

There was no mistaking them: Two sharks were spotted by lifeguards, a Nassau County Police chopper and plenty of beachgoers. PIX11 News' cameras captured a dark shadow in the water, which was identified apparently as being one of the sharks.

"I saw one dark fin and I saw one brown shark. The entire shark and it was not far off shore. It was clearly within swimming distance," said Stacy Tranchina, of Farmingdale.

Oyster Bay town officials and Nassau County Police estimated the sharks to be anywhere from 6 to 10 feet long. Unlike a sighting at nearby Overlook Beach a couple of weeks ago, this time the sharks were much closer to shore, roughly 10 to 15 feet away.

Frank Nocerino, Oyster Bay's Parks Commissioner, said lifeguards took action right away and cleared the beach of nearly 2,000 people. Red flags indicating the beach was closed remained up for about two hours.

Ironically enough, in just a few weeks the movie Jaws will play at Tobay Beach and
as one may imagine no one believed they would have a firsthand encounter as a preview Thursday afternoon.

"It's one thing to see these stories on the news someplace else, but when it's right there in front of you, that's a different story," said Larry Goldberg, of Oyster Bay.