The Department of Land and Resources Division of Aquatic Resources has determined that a 61-year-old Kihei woman was most likely not bitten by a shark, although she told Maui County fire and DLNR officials she belived she may have been.
Maui County Ocean Safety personnel were taking down shark warning signs upon information from DLNR that concluded the incident was not a shark bite.
DLNR spokesman Dan Dennison said Aquatic Resources personnel made the determination after examining the woman’s wounds at a Maui hospital.
Dennison could not say whether Aquatic Resources officials thought the bite may have been from some other sea creature, since he said barracuda have been known to bite humans as well. Dennison said they have “no idea” where the wounds came from, and were “non-specific” about the type of injuries she suffered.
The Maui Fire Department reported earlier today that they responded to a report of a shark bite in Kihei.
DLNR said the woman was swimming 120 yards off Charlie Young beach at 11 a.m. today when she encountered what she believes was a shark.
The woman said she did not see a shark, but felt a bite, DLNR said in a news release.
The woman sustained multiple puncture wounds and lacerations to her shoulder, but managed to get to shore on her own when fire personnel arrived, MFD said.
Ocean Safety and fire personnel treated the woman, and she was taken by medics to Maui Memorial Medical Center, with non-life threatening injuries.
Ocean conditions today were calm with overcast skies.