The recent increase in sand tiger shark bites off Long Island, New York may be a sign of things to come as the number has reached five within two weeks. All victims were fortunately not seriously injured and one even had their dog saved from being eaten by going into shock when it became tangled up with its leg while trying to escape after being chunked on shoreline rocks nearby!
The first three incidents occurred at Smith Point Beach where officials say there are “a lot”of seals (sightings)and sea turtles which could lead them downcycling food sources like dead whales or other large animals killed by humans.’
Look at a sand tiger and the first thing you’ll notice will probably be its long, outward-pointing teeth, which remain visible even when the shark’s mouth is closed. Curved, slender, and serration-free, the teeth are perfect for puncturing the skins of small to mid-sized fish: slippery animals that can be hard to grab onto. This is in marked contrast to both the can-opener-shaped teeth we see in “real” tiger sharks and the thick slicing teeth of big-game hunters like great whites.
SAND TIGERS GULP AIR TO STAY BUOYANT
By swallowing mouthfuls of air at the ocean’s surface, sand tigers can turn their stomachs into air pockets. Doing so helps the fish keep a neutral buoyancy level under the surface, enabling them to hover around motionlessly.
Sand Tiger Sharks are nursing along the Long Island Shore and Bays
Researchers looking at sand tiger sharks on Long Island for decades. It has become clear that these toothy sand tigers are here to stay.The quest to find the origins of these sharks living in Great South Bay started when a marina owner sent an image of one dead juvenile sand tiger fish (a species not typically found near boats) towards New York’s aquarium four years ago. It wasn’t until 2015 that scientists solved how this particular animal got there, but they were still curious about its purpose for being so far away from home – which turns out has been quite rare indeed!
Is this Another Sign that our oceans are changing as more and more warm water species move up the Northeast Coast
These attacks are almost unheard of on Long Island but five in a few weeks does raise some concern. As a protected species, there is the chance that beach based sharking may come to an end.
The story of Long Island Beaches being closed due to shark attacks was unheard of. Watch for regulators to make a few drastic moves in response to beachgoers.