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Sharks Spotted off West Hampton Dunes

Police say more than six sharks were feeding within reach of the shoreline.

Six sharks were spotted feeding in the waters of West Hampton Dunes on Tuesday, only 10 feet from the shoreline, according to police.

The sharks were feeding on bait fish near , located on Dune Road in Westhampton, according to West Hampton Dunes police Sergeant Tim Turner.

Turner said police could not tell what kind of sharks they were.

West Hampton Dunes Police were called to the scene along with the Suffolk County Police Department, which was canvasing the area by helicopter.

Authorities are advising people to stay out of the water.

Click here for updated information and to see photos of the sharks.

Patty Payne May 31, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Just ask a local fisherman or pilot, the sharks are just off shore all the time. Why they're not frequent attacks on people is just a mystery.
Greg B June 01, 2011 at 05:55 AM
If they were 10 feet from the shoreline, how big could they have been? (Guess: Not too.)
patrick June 01, 2011 at 12:37 PM
They were 15-18 ft and they were probably threshers, I wouldn't take them lightly!
Scott June 01, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Basking sharks...harmless plankton eaters. Certainly not threshers
Larry June 01, 2011 at 01:02 PM
They were basking sharks, they show up every year and every year people freak out.
The Hungry Naturalist June 01, 2011 at 01:15 PM
I agree that they were very likely harmless Basking Sharks (harmless as long as you're not plankton). They didn't appear to have the gorgeous tails of tasty Threshers; and their size points towards Basking Sharks. Good Fun for for goers !
The Hungry Naturalist June 01, 2011 at 01:36 PM
'Good Fun for beach-goers' that should be. It woud be good to able to edit your own comments.
michael Paraskevas June 01, 2011 at 01:46 PM
maybe they were lawyers....
patrick June 01, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Ok, several articles said they were threshers, i was just going by what read, I was not there....

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