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Woman bitten by shark off Maui; injury not life threatening

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:49 a.m. HST, Nov 30, 2013

A woman was taken to a hospital by ambulance Friday after being bitten by a shark at Keawakapu Beach, Maui County officials said. It was the seventh shark attack this year off Maui, according to hawaiisharks.com.

Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said the injury in South Maui was not life-threatening.

He said the beach in the Keawakapu area was closed until noon Saturday.

Maui County ocean safety official Cary Kayama said they received the call for help at 1:20 p.m.

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Gettin' a little scary on the Maui-side huh Allie?
on November 29,2013 | 02:27PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Sharks are not afraid.
on November 30,2013 | 06:14AM
Grimbold wrote:
Another attack and here the reasons: No need any expensive "studies": 1. Because the ocean has been fished out and emptied of other fish, sharks have no food left. They are in desperation trying to eat humans. 2. The old custom of fishermen to toss fish-waste after cleaning their catch in the ocean close to shore attracts the sharks. Because nowadays there is no sea-life left to eat the fish-waste , it just sits there waiting - it's like chumming for sharks. In the old days before human overpopulation and subsequent overfishing has ruined everything, this practice was OK, but now it should be outlawed. Until the sharks all have starved to death we will have more of these desperate creatures attacking humans.
on November 29,2013 | 04:27PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Can't the sharks just go to Molokini for food? It's a sanctuary. If sharks are not feeding there, then your theory is flawed.
on November 29,2013 | 06:57PM
Grimbold wrote:
I am sure sharks are around Molokini too, probably already the maximum number that biotope can sustain. So how does that invalidate my theory?
on November 29,2013 | 11:25PM
inHilo wrote:
Maybe we do need "studies" because the details, not exaggerated language, should determine action: Last I looked, the ocean hasn't been "fished out and emptied of other fish and sharks have no food left. They are in desperation to eat humans." Right, if they were desperate to eat humans, they would be actually eating humans every chance they got. If you have seen sharks eat, you know what I mean -- they eat what they want to eat. Many of these stories, this one included, are about someone who was bitten but survived. The ocean may be be over fished, and there may be more shark encounters, but to what extent we can't predict based on fantasies about fish waste.
on November 30,2013 | 05:25AM
RYMATS wrote:
I'm not sure how old "DBIM" is but he/she needs to know that sharks go where sharks 'want to go'. Maybe if he/she swam around Maui shoreline waters and announce that food is readily available at Molokini since it is a 'sanctuary', all the sharks around Maui might respond to that and stop biting people. Someday, once the body count is high enough, the State will react and do something responsible (like a culling program around established shoreline zones) to actively address this issue. Till then, with shark attacks increasing, might be best to stay out of the waters (especially around Maui) after all "it is their domain" and swimmers are just trespassers. Once Hawaii establishes their reputation as a shark attack State, goodbye tourist dollars.
on November 29,2013 | 09:48PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Injury not life threatening? Must be slow news day.
on November 30,2013 | 06:14AM
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