Fisherman bitten by shark off Long Island

July 4, 2010 6:09:58 AM PDT
If you are heading to the beach to stay cool just keep an eye out for sharks. For the first time ever, the coast guard has issued a "shark advisory" in our area.

The Coast Guard says a captured shark bit a fisherman as he tried to remove a hook from its mouth on a boat off New York's Long Island.

The incident happened Saturday on a fishing boat about 25 miles south of Shinnecock Inlet. It came a day after the Coast Guard warned recreational boaters to keep watch for predatory sharks in ocean waters from Maine to New Jersey.

The 20-year-old fisherman was trying to remove the hook from the blue shark's mouth when it bit him on his right bicep.

A Coast Guard rescue crew escorted the man back to shore, where he was treated by paramedics. His name wasn't released.

A Coast Guard spokesman says it's unclear what happened to the shark, or how big it was.

By the way, wildlife experts say the increase in sharks is due to the fact that there are more seals in our waters.