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Avoid overreaction on sharks


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 06, 2013

~~<p>An unprecedented spike in shark bites over the past two years has galvanized calls for a hunt, but state officials are correct to quell talk of a cull for now in favor of a more scientific approach that emphasizes heightened human awareness and marine research tracking tiger sharks' movement.</p>
<p>Historically, the period from October through December brings an increased rate of shark bites in Hawaii, a trend sadly brought home with the death this week of a Washington visitor who was fishing from a kayak about a half-mile off the coast of South Maui.</p>
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An unprecedented spike in shark bites over the past two years has galvanized calls for a hunt, but state officials are correct to quell talk of a cull for now in favor of a more scientific approach that emphasizes heightened human awareness and marine research tracking tiger sharks' movement.

Historically, the period from October through December brings an increased rate of shark bites in Hawaii, a trend sadly brought home with the death this week of a Washington visitor who was fishing from a kayak about a half-mile off the coast of South Maui. Login for more...



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