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South Maui beach closed after divers report aggressive shark

The shark-sighting was near the area of Monday's fatal attack

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 07:21 a.m. HST, Dec 05, 2013

A two-mile stretch of coastal waters off South Maui is closed until sunset Wednesday after two divers reported aggressive behavior by a shark that followed them to shore near Little Beach at about 11:20 a.m.

State officials said the divers told lifeguards that an 8- to 10-foot Galapagos shark made several passes at them while they were spearfishing close to shore off Black Sand beach at Makena. They said they tried to fend the shark off with their spears but it kept coming, so they let it take their catch  and headed back to shore at Little Beach, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Officials closed shoreline waters from Makena Landing to an area called "Dumps," a mile in either direction from the location of the report as a precautionary measure.

"Beachgoers, swimmers, fishers/divers are advised to comply with this closure in the interest of public safety. The state recommends that spear fishermen with speared fish on a line should be extra cautious," said Randy Awo, chief of DLNR's Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement.

The closure follows a shark attack Monday that killed Washington state visitor Patrick A. Briney, who was kayak-fishing in waters a half-mile off Little Beach in Makena. That incident marked the eighth shark attack so far this year in waters off Maui.

DLNR officials said they will reassess whether to reopen the area after sunrise today.







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Anonymous wrote:
Those Galapagos shark's love the sound of a speak gun going off. Terry Lilley did an interesting piece on it you can view the video here: http://www.underwater2web.com/
on December 4,2013 | 12:49PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Jaws Pacific
on December 4,2013 | 02:22PM
loria wrote:
Why is there an apostrophe after the word "sharks"?
on December 4,2013 | 03:38PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
I don't know, why are there quotations around your sharks?
on December 4,2013 | 05:57PM
false wrote:
Kill 'em
on December 4,2013 | 04:36PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Many years ago. There were shark kills done from time to time to reduce the shark population, I know it isn't politically correct these days, and that some "experts" say it doesn't work, yet the old timers weren't dumb. I think they had the answer and it might be smart to do it their way....... Just my 2 cents worth, but I see the shark attack rate going up very steadily, might be wise to consider it.
on December 4,2013 | 04:57PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Absolutely right, Waterman2.
on December 5,2013 | 06:03AM
huponews wrote:
Maui county officials are not doing enough about the shark attacks...just keep ignoring the problem. Very sad for all the people who return home in a body bag....jus wait till it hits home, then it will be too late.
on December 4,2013 | 08:16PM
CartwrightPark wrote:
All I know is I'm NOT swimming on Maui. How many attacks already? Unreal.
on December 5,2013 | 05:46AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Carry a bang stick. Shark gets aggressive, you get aggressive. No need to debate whether to cull or not to cull. The aggressive sharks are identified on the spot and removed....on the spot.
on December 5,2013 | 06:04AM
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