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Shark attack off south Maui injures woman, closes beach

By Gary T. Kubota

LAST UPDATED: 04:51 a.m. HST, Aug 01, 2013

A woman underwent surgery after being attacked by a shark Wednesday morning in south Maui.

The attack happened in murky water between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. about 30 feet off a rocky point fronting Ulua Beach in Wailea, authorities said.

The woman was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center and was recovering Wednesday night after the surgery.

Within a little more than a year, there have been nine shark attacks off Maui —  seven injuring people and two damaging boards, according to the website Hawaiisharks.com

Ulua Beach is a popular snorkeling area for residents and visitors. 

Wednesday's shark attack was the fourth in the state and the third on Maui this year. Two of them injured surfers. 

Nearly three miles of beach were closed until at least noon today,  pending a ocean safety evaluation by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Water safety officials posted shark warning signs and patrolled the three-mile stretch of coastline by watercraft.

Department enforcement branch chief Matt Yamamoto said officials could re-open the beach by midday depending on safety conditions.

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dlum003 wrote:
uh oh, here comes the public outcry for a wholesale and indiscriminate slaughter of sharks
on July 31,2013 | 02:08PM
aomohoa wrote:
And you think they should be slaughtered? So much for caring about the eco system.
on July 31,2013 | 03:35PM
spongemanofkewalo wrote:
it was determined that the shark was a local and charges are pending at this time according to Maui 50
on July 31,2013 | 03:06PM
hon2255 wrote:
Time to go fishing for Sharks! go getum boys
on July 31,2013 | 03:34PM
8082062424 wrote:
the ocean is there home not ours leave them be
on July 31,2013 | 04:22PM
aomohoa wrote:
These guys are just macho jerks that have to show their big bad power over nature. LOL
on July 31,2013 | 07:49PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
This is what happens when you over fish their territory and protect their main food supply, the honu. Our waters now have an unnatural imbalance due to the over population of the honu. You can't just manage one species in a food chain and expect nothing to adversely happen up or down that chain.
on July 31,2013 | 04:51PM
sluggah wrote:
True dat! Honu is tasty! Have a sensible limit on them and go for it.
on July 31,2013 | 05:30PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Totally agree with living and sluggah and 808.
on July 31,2013 | 07:36PM
Fred01 wrote:
I bet you guys eat dogs too.
on August 1,2013 | 01:14PM
RingRing wrote:
Guys, guys. . . . seriously, think about it. killing turtles will not decrease shark attacks. . . Wha chu guys tinking?
on August 1,2013 | 04:18PM
aomohoa wrote:
Macho guys like these have to act like hot shots. It's all they've got.
on July 31,2013 | 07:51PM
Bumby wrote:
In the late 50's or early 60's there was an eradication of large sharks around the shores of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands. There were very few shark attacks from the 60's to the early 90's. Probably because during those periods there were a lot fewer sharks greater than 12 foot looking for food after the eradication program. We saw sharks swimming around the surf sites many of them less than 7 feet back in the 70's. These sharks are now the biggies from 12 to 17 feet in length.
on July 31,2013 | 10:27PM
RingRing wrote:
Bumby you must try read. . . Da culling neva have any impact on number of shark attacks. . . Bumby you learn. . .
on August 1,2013 | 08:38PM
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