Long Islanders will be headed to Robert Moses State Park, among other LI beaches, now that summer has arrived.
Long Islanders will be headed to Robert Moses State Park, among other LI beaches, now that summer has arrived.

The sea creatures that forced beachgoers out of the water at Robert Moses State Park Monday were actually two dolphins, according to a New York State Parks department official.

The beach originally reported a possible shark sighting around 10:50 a.m. at Field 3, which forced lifeguards to pull swimmers out of the water, George Gorman, Long Island regional director of New York State Parks, told the Press.

About two hours later, a Suffolk County police helicopter spotted a pair of dolphins near the water tower and officials reopened the beach around 1:15 p.m., Gorman said.

Lifeguards took extra safety measures, Gorman noted, because they could not identify the sea creatures at first glance. Lifeguards at Field 3 immediately pulled swimmers out of the water and notified their colleagues at Fields 2 and 5.

“It was a little bit of a concern, obviously,” Gorman added.

Dolphin sightings off of Robert Moses are not rare. Gorman also noted that they have been seeing “more sea life than ever before.”

News of a possible shark sighting spread quickly on social media sites like Twitter, where some users predictably referenced recently passed Shark Week, and Sharknado, a Syfy movie that has developed a peculiar cult following.

The scare followed two shark sightings in about a week to the west in Atlantic Beach late last month.

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Rashed Mian has been covering local news for the Long Island Press since 2011. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 where he studied print journalism. Rashed, the staff's multimedia reporter, covers daily news for the web, shoots/edits feature videos and writes about civil liberties. He loves Afghan food and sports. Rashed is also a caffeine freak. Email: rmian@longislandpress.com. Twitter: rashedmian