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2 Kids Bitten in Separate Shark Attacks Off Long Island Shores; Boy Has Tooth Pulled From His Leg

The town of Islip has banned swimming at all of its ocean-facing beaches

A boy and a girl were bitten by sharks in separate attacks off Fire Island Wednesday, according to local officials and the father of one of the children. 

A spokeswoman from the town of Islip said the 13-year-old boy and girl, who appeared to also be in her teens, were bitten off the shores off Atlantique Beach and Sailors Haven -- two beaches about 4 1/2 miles apart -- around noon. 

In the Atlantique Beach attack, the boy was boogie boarding when he was bitten, the spokeswoman said. He stumbled out of the ocean; a lifeguard ran to him and discovered the bite. 

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The wound was dressed and cleaned, according to the spokeswoman, and responders found a tooth lodged in the child's leg. The tooth was removed and is being analyzed to determine the shark species. 

In the other attack, Philip Pollina said his daughter was waist deep in the water off Sailors Haven when she began panicking. He said when lifeguards pulled her out of the water she had deep cuts on her leg. 

He added that she saw a fin in the water and that she thought the shark was only about 2 feet long. She was able to walk after the attack, but was also taken to an area hospital. 

"Once we figured it out it was pretty surreal," the father said. 

Shark sightings aren't uncommon on Long Island or at the Jersey Shore, but attacks are rare. Since 1837, only 10 shark attacks have been reported in New York. Fifteen have been reported in New Jersey and one in Connecticut. 

The town of Islip has banned swimming at all of its ocean-facing beaches.

It's not clear if other shores along Fire Island, which are managed by multiple local, state and federal jurisdictions, have called swimmers out of the water.

Chopper footage from over the scene showed red flags out over Atlantique Beach, but other nearby shores had swimmers in the water and largely normal operations.

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