Biting Bluefish Chase Swimmers From L.I. Beach

Fish have sharp teeth and range considerably in size

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010  |  Updated 11:45 AM EDT
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Biting Bluefish Chase Swimmers From L.I. Beach

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Hither Hills State Park

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Call it Jaws light.

A school of aggressive bluefish turned on swimmers at a Long Island beach Friday, biting two before lifeguards evacuated the water.

One person was bitten on the foot. Another suffered a hand bite.

The incident happened at about 2:45 p.m. at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk.

Marine biologists say bluefish aren't man-eaters but will sometimes bite people by mistake while they are chasing bait fish near the shoreline.

They have sharp teeth and range considerably in size, from just a few inches long to more than 20 pounds.

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