Shark Watchers Circle Cupsogue Beach

At least four sharks are still feeding just off the beach's shoreline.

Local shark enthusiasts and New York media outlets set their sights on Cupsogue Beach Wednesday, as several sharks could still be spotted off the shoreline.

The sharks, which have been identified as basking sharks, madeTuesday afternoon in the waters off  Westhampton Beach.

With sharks still in the water, has been closed to swimmers. Smith Point County Park has also been closed to bathers for precautionary measures, said Gary Henke, captain of Suffolk County Park Police.

No sharks have been spotted at Smith Point.

Though beach-goers couldn't get their feet wet, it didn't stop them from heading to the shoreline. More than a dozen families with cameras and binoculars vied for a glimpse of the sharks which lumbered in the waves about a half of a mile from the beach pavilion.

Henke said it is not uncommon for sharks to be in the area and that they usually move on within a day or two.

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Frances Sherman June 01, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Mmmmm...New Yorkers....taste like chicken
Kelly June 02, 2011 at 04:31 PM
As far as I know Basking Sharks are not considered dangerous to humans and do not create a risk. They are known to migrate in pairs or groups, and have a tendency to sun bathe at the surface of the water, exposing their dorsal fin. They feed on zooplankton and are what we call filter feeders. Not sure as to why the beaches had to be closed and such hype was made, when these animals are not considered dangerous!


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