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

  • JOSEPH LIBBY /SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    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.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    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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  • It’s bad enough that so many tourists have died from drowning around Hawaii’s waters. We don’t need to have a tourist bitten or dies as a result of a shark bite off Waikiki Beach. The state needs to consider a shark patrol off Waikiki, just as they do in Australia.

  • People just have to remember: The ocean is the home of many fish and mammals. When you enter their home, pray that the good lord is watching over you. If it is your time to go – oh well.
    It is just like a robber who enters into your home. Same smell. Take care and always remember the ocean belongs to someones Ama’kua.

  • There’s a simple way to control sharks. Just need a floating barrel and 2 chains. Once for the anchor and the other for the hook. Bait and forget. Kills just the ones who trespass into Waikiki. Hang them up next to the Duke statue and the tourists will love to take pics, “Guess what I saw in Waikiki!” Maybe can catch mahimahi, marlin, sunfish.

    • That photo of the life guard is interesting. Does he know how to say Shark in Chinese, Japanese, Thai, French, Alaskan, Arabic, and such for all international tourists? Life guard staff should make up such a list and include sewage, barracuda, pollution, etc. Life guards have so much boring down time between rescues.

  • The shark is a regular, and is not the least interested in people. The surfers see it all the time, and it always swims right past, and no one panics and paddles to shore. But it’s wise to be careful, so kudos to the lifeguards!

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