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Sharks reach Long Island: Be safe around the water

The beach is a great place to go to in Long Island, but there are some hazards you'll need to watch out for. As a public space, there is a potential that you could file a claim if you're hurt in some places, but not everywhere will be covered.

Did you know that great white sharks have made it to the Long Island Sound? If you're interested in sharks, you might head out to see them. Just keep in mind that it's unlikely that anyone will be liable for an injury if you suffer one from trying to get too close. There are exceptions, like if a privately owned boat sinks or a private dock causes injuries.

What should you do to avoid injuries when shark-watching?

Whether you're swimming or intend to watch for sharks, make sure you're in a group. Sharks like to attack individuals more. Additionally, people should stay out of the water around the twilight and darkest hours, since that's when sharks tend to hunt. Excess splashing can also draw in the predators.

There is a low risk of being attacked, which is good. If you plan to go out on a boat, a rental or otherwise, be sure to check its condition. Walk carefully on docks and talk to the owners of oceanfront shops or stores where you may go if you trip and fall or notice a hazard. This is an exciting time for everyone, but you must take the time to be cautious of your surroundings if you want to stay safe while on Long Island.

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