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Warning signs posted after 10- to 12-foot shark spotted in Waikiki


    A lifeguard on a rescue watercraft warns snorkelers to get out of the water near the Kapahulu Groin after a 10- to 12-foot shark was seen following a turtle in the area this morning.


    A body boarder jumps into the water from the Kapahulu groin despite signs warning of a shark sighting posted on the sand at various places in Waikiki today.

  • 2015 May 18 CTY - Shark Signs - Signs warning of a shark being sighted were put up along Kuhio Beach in Waikiki. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

Lifeguards posted warning signs at Waikiki Beach today after a 10-to-12 foot shark was seen lurking around the surf spot known as Publics.

Shayne Enright, spokeswoman of the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, said bystanders saw the aggressive shark following a turtle near the Kapahulu Groin, about 20 feet from the shoreline before the shark swam away at about 10:30 a.m.

The shark was then seen lingering around Publics, a surf spot approximately 200 yards from the shoreline.

The type of shark has not been determined.

Two lifeguards on rescue water crafts are patrolling the waters warning surfers and beachgoers. “People did clear the shore,” said Enright.

Warning signs will remain posted until lifeguards reassess the waters Tuesday morning.

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