Dlnr Issues Warnings After Maui Shark Sightings

MAUI (Ben Caxton) — People are being cautioned to stay out of the ocean in the Wailea district on Maui after several sharks were spotted this week. Maui Fire Department Ocean Safety units were first dispatched to the area on Wednesday after a stand-up paddleboarder called 9-1-1 to report a 10-foot tiger shark in the water fronting the Andaz Wailea Resort. Ocean Safety officers put two jet skis into the water and they report the possible sighting of three tiger sharks of at least ten feet in length. They also report that at least one shark had been aggressively following a group of stand-up paddleboarders who attempted to fend it off with their paddles. No one has been hurt, though a shark did bite a paddleboard and authorities have been cautioning people to stay out of the ocean in the area and are putting up shark warning signs.

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