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Aggressive Tiger Shark Prompts Warnings in Kihei

No one was hurt this morning when a 10-12-foot-long Tiger shark deflated an inflatable stand-up paddleboard about 200 yards offshore from 1681 Halama Street.

Officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) were notified at around 10:15 this morning and have instituted standard shark protocols, which means the area, one mile in each direction will be posted with warning signs to let ocean goers know of the possibility of a shark in the vicinity. Officers and the signs are advising people to stay out of the water from Cove Park to Waipu‘ilani Park in Kīhei until an all-clear is issued. Authorities will continue warnings until at least noon, the day following an incident, after they’ve had an opportunity to survey the water for continued shark presence.

The man, in the ocean with a group of other paddlers, said the shark bit the back of his inflatable, which deflated.  He swam over to another person and got on his board and they began heading toward land. They report the shark was acting very aggressively and pursued them to shore.

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