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Coney Island Beaches Reopen After Shark Sightings

Parts of the Coney Island beach were closed for a bit Tuesday after what appeared to be several sharks were spotted near the shore.
Parts of the Coney Island beach were closed for a bit Tuesday after what appeared to be several sharks were spotted near the shore. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Coney Island beaches are open again after closing for a while Tuesday after swimmers spotted what they thought were several sharks just off the coast, according to multiple reports.

Witnesses told CBS New York that lifeguards called swimmers out of the water as New York City Parks Department officials investigated.

Some people said they saw at least six sharks near the shore that were at least two feet long, News 12 reports.

Officials said they closed parts of the beach out of caution. Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium experts say most sharks are harmless to humans but the sighting is a reminder of the amazing ocean life, News 12 reports.

CBS New York reports that experts say the sharks were likely basking sharks looking to feed their young.

Click here to read the NBC New York report.

Click here to read the CBS 2 report.

Click here to read the News 12 report .

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