POSTED: 12:31 p.m. HST, Oct 18, 2011
WAILUKU >> A tag used to track a shark is transmitting on Maui, instead of in the ocean, which could mean the tiger shark was caught with the tag on, or the tag came off.
Professor Neil Hammerschlag, director of a marine conservation program at the University of Miami, said the tag doesn't have any monetary value but contains valuable shark data.
Local spearfishing advocate Darrell Tanaka has been asking around for the missing tag in Haiku, where the signal has been transmitting. Tanaka says the GPS signal is only accurate within about 1,000 feet.
Hammerschlag attached the tag to the shark named MAZ last month. The Maui News reported today that the shark swam between Maalaea and Molokini until the tag started transmitting from land.