Researcher: More sharks being reported because of cellphones, cameras

Posted: Updated:
QUOGUE -

There was a scare for swimmers who were trying to escape the heat Saturday morning.

When Ian Connett was walking along a dock in Quogue Saturday morning, he spotted two fins in the water. He first believed they were two fish, but then he realized it was something bigger.

Connett says after he saw the 10-12 foot shark swimming in Penniman Creek, he called the police. He says the shark didn't bother anyone, but it was swimming in an area where people paddle board, sail and swim.

After the shark sighting in Quogue, people have been on the lookout for more. On Saturday at Field 1 on Jones Beach, swimmers had to get out of the water due to an unconfirmed sighting. A shark expert says he doesn't believe there are more sharks swimming in Long Island waters, they're just being reported more.

"This may be more common than we initially thought it might be, prior to everyone having cellphones and cameras to document this stuff," says Greg Metzger, a shark researcher for The South Fork Natural History Museum.

Metzger says it is unusual for a shark that big to be in a creek or bay and not the ocean. He guesses it was following a school of fish to try to get something to eat.

Experts say it's hard to tell what kind of shark it was based on the picture.

According to shark researchers at The South Fork Natural History Museum, there have been 12 negative interactions between people and sharks in New York waters in the last 100 years.

  • SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
  • Your Long Island Fall Fun Photos

    Your Long Island Fall Fun Photos

    Monday, October 7 2019 12:12 PM EDT2019-10-07 16:12:23 GMT
    Fall FunFall Fun
    Fall FunFall Fun
    Are you and your family doing fun things this fall? Whether you're out apple or pumpkin picking, at a farm or corn maze or just hanging around in your home or yard, News 12 Long Island wants to see your Fall Fun pics!
    Are you and your family doing fun things this fall? Whether you're out apple or pumpkin picking, at a farm or corn maze or just hanging around in your home or yard, News 12 Long Island wants to see your Fall Fun pics!
  • Your Kids Corner Photos

    Your Kids Corner Photos

    Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? News 12 has you covered.Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? News 12 has you covered.
    Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? News 12 has you covered.Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? News 12 has you covered.
    Did you do something fun with your kids this weekend? Share your adventure with us!
    Did you do something fun with your kids this weekend? Share your adventure with us!
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."