Though we all planned to sunbathe at the Rockaways this weekend thanks to NYC Ferry’s new express route, we may have to hold off from going for a dip at the beach…
On the heels of New York beaches amping up their shark patrolling efforts, comes numerous beach closures, including a fan-favorite, Rockaway Beach, where numerous shark sightings have recently occurred (specifically Beach 102nd Street & Beach 67th Street).
According to the NYPD 100th Precinct, “All of the Rockaway beaches are currently closed for swimming due to shark sightings.” The closure will be until further notice, however, visitors are still allowed to roam the boardwalk.
***BREAKING***: ALL of the Rockaway beaches are currently closed for swimming 🏊♀️ due to shark sitings until further notice. The boardwalk is still OPEN!!!Thank you 😊 pic.twitter.com/Im33hy63tg
— NYPD 100th Precinct (@NYPD100Pct) July 19, 2022
This is just one of many sightings and beach closures along New York waters to occur this year. According to CBS, a shark was spotted Sunday morning near Lido Beach and Lido Beach West. People were asked to get out of the water, but swimming was able to resume nearly two hours later.
The same day, NYC Parks reported a shark sighting at the east end of Rockaway Beach.
Currently, the NYPD are doing aerial surveillance along the shore. Stay tuned for further announcement when swimming reopens.