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Shark sighting briefly closes beach on Maui

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:21 p.m. HST, Aug 25, 2013

Maui County lifeguards closed a south Maui beach for a couple of hours this afternoon after a shark was sighted within 10 feet of shore.

County water safety official Archie Kalepa said the shark was 12 to 14 feet long and that water safety officials closed Big Beach at Makena State Park from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Kalepa said the beach was reopened after water and coastal patrols saw no shark for two hours.

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Brixac3 wrote:
In order to keep Hawaii waters safe, the state had a policy of removing tiger sharks over 10' long. The cultural sensitivity issue is political. For the state to take a stance for religious reasons is not consistent with fact. Hawaiian priestess said that true shark worship requires feeding and caring for the Mano god. She went on to say that Hawaiians would hunt and eat sharks. Hawaiians also had or have a lizard god and a fish god. The only reason they don't touch the shark issue is because it gets headlines and there are people that like their own ideas about Hawaiian culture versus the reality. Stop with the political correctness and please start governing based on reality. Hawaiian waters are not safe due to large predators. The population of large predators needs to be managed.
on August 25,2013 | 09:07PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
The rise in shark activity must be correlated with the rise in green sea turtles being released in our isle waters over the past 15-20 years. Increasing a prime food source increases the prevalence of those that seek such food sources. That being said, don't eliminate the sharks-- they are simply following their instincts and following the food source-- instead reduce their food source (green sea turtles).
on August 26,2013 | 12:33AM
DABLACK wrote:
Take the Green Sea Turtles off of the endangered list !! We used to eat them and they're "ono" !! That's what happens when laws are enacted without checking out the consequences. No balancet at all !! The Fish and Game people should see that every catch is for personal consumption if they do not have a business license to fish & sell. Political ???? You right !!!! Pay Off ??? You right !!!
on August 26,2013 | 06:59AM
DABLACK wrote:
Mr. Aila.....what now ?? We await your educated decision on this issue !
on August 26,2013 | 07:02AM
Tanuki wrote:
Researchers say that they know very little about shark behavior. However, they also say that they know that sharks do not like to eat people and the bites are "mistakes." They also say that sharks do not stay in any one place for very long. They say that the reason that there are so many attacks is that there are more people in the water now. However, the locations where most of the attacks occurred are not highly populated. They say that shark culling does not work based on past culling periods. However, the fatal attack occurred more than a year after the culling ended. Wait for an attack off of Waikiki (human buffet). All of those "expert" opinions will be forgotten.
on August 26,2013 | 08:37AM
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