Jones Beach on Thursday after sharks feeding on fish forced a...

Jones Beach on Thursday after sharks feeding on fish forced a temporary ban to swimming. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Swimming was prohibited Wednesday morning at Robert Moses State Park and in the early afternoon at Jones Beach after sharks were spotted in the water, state officials said.

Both beaches reopened hours later for swimming, according to George Gorman Jr., regional director of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

A state-run drone first spotted pods of bunker fish and sharks at Robert Moses Wednesday morning and officials immediately prohibited swimming, Gorman said.

As the sharks moved further east, Fields 2 and 3 were reopened for swimming at 12:30 p.m. and at Fields 4 and 5 two hours later, he said.

Shortly before 2 p.m., four sharks feeding on bunker fish were spotted by a State Police drone in the waters near the Central Mall at Jones Beach and swimming there was prohibited, Gorman said.

The waters at Jones Beach were reopened for swimming shortly before 5 p.m., Gorman said.

State Park Police usually patrol the beaches of Robert Moses State Park and Jones Beach State Park for anglers breaking fishing laws, but recently added shark patrol to their duties. Shari Einhorn reports for Newsday TV. Credit: Anthony Florio

Long Island officials have stepped up efforts to spot sharks, following six bites and numerous sightings this summer, including at many South Shore beaches. None of the bites was life-threatening, officials said.

The most recent bite victim was a teen surfer bitten at Kismet Beach on Fire Island July 20, just hours after a small dead white shark washed up on shore in Quogue.

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