10/22/14 – Third Shark Encounter On Maui This Week; Murky Water Warning ContinuesPosted on Oct 22, 2014 in Aquatic Resources, News Releases, Shark
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
WILLIAM J. AILA JR,
For Immediate News Release October 22, 2014
Murky Water Warning Continues
Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers report two women from Kihei, ages 53 and 46, were about 200 yards off Waipuilani Beach Park, stand-up paddle boarding in five to six feet of water when one saw a shark approaching the other’s board. The woman said a tiger shark knocked her friend into the water when it bit the tail part of her board, and that she only saw the shark’s dorsal fin and head, which she believes was about two feet wide.
DOCARE officers closed the area from the old pier across from the old Suda Store to Kalama Beach Park. This follows two other shark incidents this week. All three happened in brown or murky water as a result of Hurricane Ana.
“We are fortunate that no one was hurt in any of these encounters,” said DLNR Chair William Aila. “They should serve as a reminder to stay out of areas that continue to experience runoff and murky water.”
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