Shark sightings triggered the closure of ocean waters this morning from the Kihei Boat Ramp to Cove Park in South Maui. The closure is expected to remain in effect through today, with a reassessment of the presence of sharks early tomorrow.
Maui Fire Department officials reported that they checked for the presence of sharks this morning off of Kamaole Beach Parks 1 and 2 after a report of dead or dying fish in the water from a damaged akule net off of Kamaole 3 over the weekend.
There were no shark sightings late Saturday or all day Sunday. Ocean safety officers monitored the ocean from lifeguard towers and aboard watercraft.
This morning, a crew aboard MFD’s Air One helicopter observed at least three and as many as five tiger sharks a few hundred yards off shore of Kamaole 1 and 2 shortly before 8 a.m. The sharks were estimated to be at least 15 feet long.
A fire crew and police were called to South Maui beaches to tell people to stay out of the water. The Air One crew communicated with people in the water to return to shore.
Ocean safety officers continued patrols to keep people out of the water. Warning signs were posted.
*This story has been updated