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Maui beach reopens following aggressive shark scare

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:53 a.m. HST, Dec 06, 2013

The two-mile stretch of Maui's Makena State Beach Park reopened Thursday at sunrise after being closed Wednesday when two spear fishermen said a large shark had chased them out of the water.

The nearshore waters were closed by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources at noon Wednesday from Ahihi Bay to Makena Landing, a mile in either direction from the location of the shark encounter.

The initial report made by the divers to lifeguards at the beach park was 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 tried to fend it off with their spears but the shark kept coming, so they let it take their catch of speared fish and headed back to shore at Little Beach.

Wednesday's 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 second fatal attack, and the eighth shark incident so far this year, in waters off Maui. German visitor Jana Lutteropp, 20, suffered fatal injuries Aug. 14 at White Rock.

There have been 13 shark attacks in Hawaii this year.

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keawe wrote:
It's not the Sharks that need culling it's the Turtles. The Turtle population is growing out of proportion and is helping to destroy our reefs. The Tiger Shark's favorite food is Turtle. Let the people eat Turtle again with enforced limits to satisfy those that want to protect them. Common Sense is all that is needed to figure it out. Tiger Sharks Love Turtle and from the bottom up anything that is on a Surfboard, Paddle Board, or Kayak with arms and legs sticking out look likes Turtle.
on December 5,2013 | 10:07AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Tell me, just HOW are turtles destroying our reefs? They eat limu, crustaceans, jellyfish. You want to know who's really destroying our reefs? US! On any given day, there are thousands of examples of people stripping the reefs by indiscriminate laying of nets that catch everything that happens by, dropping their anchors, discharging sewage, throwing trash and whatever overboard, and you think turtles are destroying our reefs? Your stupidity is blinding, brah. Time to lay off the batu and get back to reality. Turtles. How absurd.
on December 5,2013 | 11:07AM
juscasting wrote:
I agree!
on December 5,2013 | 11:21AM
wn wrote:
We just be careful and share the ocean and live peacefully amongst ourselves. But then I guess the sharks could take the extreme and claim that they were there first...so the have eminent domain. Then we file a counter claim and force condemnation and take over and rule the oceans! Then the Mayor and Governor will get involved and get their share...my apologies carried away.
on December 5,2013 | 12:22PM
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