According to CBS New York, Suffolk County Police said they are investigating another possible shark attack at Sailor haven Beach. Carpenter said that the boy was bitten after a wave knocked him off his boogie board.
First responders reportedly removed a shark's tooth from that boy's leg while dressing his wound, which is considered non-life threatening.
Islip town officials initially confirmed that the boy's bite was indeed a shark attack, but later issued a statement saying that the 13-year-old was bit by "what may possibly have been a shark".
CBS New York reports that a boy and a girl have reportedly been bitten by a shark on two separate beaches on Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for Fire Island National Seashore, which runs Sailors Haven beach, says a 12-year-old girl suffered bite marks "consistent with a large fish" while wading but it wasn't immediately confirmed to be a shark.
Fire Island Ocean Rescue Chief Lifeguard Craig Amarando praised the boy's calmness after the incident.
"I saw something, like, next to me, and I kind of felt pain, and looked and I saw a fin", she said, recounting how she realised her leg was "all bloody".
"I thought it was a shark, because we were at the beach, so it wasn't like it could have been a tiger or something". "We urge swimmers to be vigilant and will continue to do everything we can to protect beachgoers", DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. Swimmers were allowed back into the water around 2:30 p.m. when the sighting was deemed to be a sandbar shark.
Authorities have yet to confirm whether the two teenagers were effectively targeted by a shark. "Both of these kids are OK and we are seeing this as an opportunity to remind everyone that the water can be unsafe, we need to be careful at all time", Carpenter said. The girl was able to walk to shore with help from her caregiver and was treated at a hospital.