6 Foot Shark....in Queens?


Megatron Star!
Jan 26, 2006
Brooklyn, New York
Here's the story:

Six-Foot Shark Swims To Crowded Queens Beach

(CBS) QUEENS A beautiful Saturday in the sun took a terrifying turn after a six-foot shark surfaced on the sands of Rockaway Beach in Queens.

Lifeguards were ordered to call beachgoers out of the water and evacuated a portion of the beach after the rare discovery was made.

"A tornado hit Brooklyn, there's floods in Queens, and now all of a sudden there's sharks in Rockaway. It's very odd," said beachgoer Dot Di Lorenzo.

Di Lorenzo was able to capture on camera the shark swimming around with its fin emerging from the water. Her son, Keith, is a shark enthusiast and knew exactly what kind it was.

"You could see the tail and dorsal fin tail was the biggest part obviously, and I'd say it's a thresher," he said.

CBS 2 obtained some incredible photos of the shark after it beached for while. Hans Walters, the Animal Department Supervisor at the New York Aquarium confirmed the shark was in fact a thresher. "The shark made repeated attempts to swim into shore which isn't normal. Sharks don't do that," Walters said.

The shark's behavior indicates it's likely sick.

Thresher sharks typically prefer the deep waters of the ocean, but are occasionally found in shallow areas. They aren't known to attack humans and feed on smaller fish and crustaceans, though their extremely long tails can cause injury to people when swiped hard enough.

Thresher sharks sometimes move into shallow waters when following schools of fish there.

Despite the fact the sharks aren't known to attack humans, the beach was evacuated anyway.

"The Parks Department was responsible and pulled everybody out of the water. The folks who were comfortable doing so put the animal back the water, and did their best to make sure they were okay. It's a nice story," Walters said.

But with the shark back in the water and still in the area lifeguards took no chances and evacuated the beach from 107th to 121st streets.

Police were out on force on the boardwalk warning beachgoers about the shark as they arrived, telling them to stick to the sand. Witnesses weren't disappointed by the evacuation.

"When something like a shark happens, you sit and wait," said Williamsburg resident John Sanchez.

Marine life officials say sharks are rarely reported in the city's waters, but it's not completely unrealistic that make a home here. "It's a reality of marine life in New York. There are sharks in our waters, but the sharks you find in our waters -- none of them consider people part of the food chain," Walters said.

A parks department spokesman told us sharks are not native to New York waters, but they are here because they get caught up in the nets of fishing vessels and then get released near our shores.

Rockaway Beach closes at 6 p.m., and is expected to be reopened Sunday


Another quote heard:
"Fellows, let's be reasonable, huh? This is not the time or the place to perform some kind of a half-assed autopsy on a fish... And I'm not going to stand here and see that thing cut open and see that little Kintner boy spill out all over the dock. "


I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy
Jun 1, 2005
It's only because of the 6 Foot Jet


I have to return some videotapes!
May 11, 2007
Somerville, NJ
What is a San Jose hockey player doing in Queens?
***car crash***


Registered User
Jan 26, 2005
Its only a shark, those people have a better chance of dying from the disease filled water.


Megatron Star!
Jan 26, 2006
Brooklyn, New York
I read this and thought Queens are a bunch of wussies!

Only In N.Y.: Coney Island Swimmers Attack Shark
Lifeguard Saves Harmless Sand Shark From Swimmer Frenzy

(CBS) BROOKLYN A Coney Island lifeguard came to the rescue of a 2-foot sand shark that had spooked swimmers into lashing out at the fish, smacking and hitting it.

Chiseled lifeguard Marisu Mironescu, 39, of Brooklyn, told The Daily News that he saw about 75 to 100 people circling the shark off Coney Island's beach and "bugging out."

"They were holding onto it and some people were actually hitting him, smacking his face," said Mironescu, who has been a lifeguard since 1985 had never dealt with a shark until Monday's rescue. "Well, I wasn't going to let them hurt the poor thing," he said.

He grabbed the largely harmless fish in his arms and carried it, backstroking out to sea, where he let it go.

"He was making believe like he's dead, then he wriggled his whole body and tried to bite me," Mironescu said.

The shark rescue served as a fish-tale to a holiday weekend that began with a scare Saturday, when a 5-foot thresher shark washed up on Rockaway Beach, sending hundreds of swimmers out of the water. About 10 blocks of the beach were also closed down for hours on Labor Day weekend.

Several beachgoers pushed the shark, which was not considered threatening to humans, back into the water. But the fish washed ashore dead on Sunday.

"We had a little bit of a punctuation mark at the end of summer with 'Jaws' junior showing up and frightening people," said Adrian Benepe, the city Parks Commissioner.

More than 15 million people visited the city beaches and outdoor pools this summer.

Ah, ya gotta love Brooklyn!


There's nothing quite like a shorn scrotum.
Nov 12, 2004
Queens, NY
I guess the shark didn't like the selection of dark meat available that day.