Maui Shark Attack Leaves Woman Injured

    October 30, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Maui is a beautiful vacation destination for tourists from around the world. The beaches are the main reason to visit, but one beach in particular was closed this past weekend after a nasty shark attack.

The Maui News reports that a 51-year-old woman from California was the victim of a shark attack over the weekend. The beaches near Makena Landing Beach Park were closed on Saturday after the attack. They remained closed until Sunday.

Fire Service Chief Lee Mainaga told the The Maui News that the attack happened about 20 yards offshore on Saturday afternoon. The shark that attacked the unnamed woman was estimated to be between 10 and 12 feet long. The species of the shark, however, is still not known.

Thankfully, the victim will be just fine. She suffered puncture wounds on her right inner thigh and some lacerations to the front and back to her right hand after pushing the shark away. She’s lucky she got away with only that as some sharks tend to be pretty aggressive about holding on to a potential meal.

Despite their aggressive nature, sharks are usually docile when left unprovoked. It’s relatively easy to avoid shark attacks as well by following a few simple rules. For instance, avoid swimming at dawn, dusk or night as these are prime feeding times for various shark species. It’s also important to not wear bright clothing or shiny jewelry as this can also attract sharks.

Shark attacks are incredibly rare, but the media and various films have made people more afraid of them then they need to be. Keeping the above rules in mind should keep you safe from any potential shark attacks in the near future.

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  • billy

    it would help if you would say what time of the day attack happened so we can see if your “easy steps to avoid” are true.

    • Susan

      his saying “3pm broad daylight” was not a clue to time of day?

  • dh

    saw it happen.
    happened at 3 pm in bright sunshine – in clear water, 50 ft visibility. Wearing a black wet suit, no jewelry. snorkeling in front of a park in a “beginners” snorkeling area.
    you can’t prevent all accidents – when dealing with predators in their habitat.
    you can lessen your chances by following certain guidelines – but no guarantees.

  • susan witz

    thank you for this info about the attack. I’m a snorkeler and that part of Maui is great for turtle watching. I usually wear a black wet suit with no jewelry…always avoid dawn & dusk…like you say, there are no guarantees…

  • dave

    I had written a posting on a windsurfing site due to a shark encounter in Kanaha – I think this much shark activity grouped in the same time period on different sides of the island may point to a food shortage for the tiger sharks. They are supposed be nocturnal – both her attack and my encounter happened at 3:00pm in clear water with 20 yards of shore. See the link for my post written days before her attack.


    • Eric Nelson

      I saw a 10 to 12 FT Tiger while snorkeling off of Cam 1 on December 28th 2012 (today). It swam in front of me in about 15 FT of water out by the vertical buoy (to the south of the lifeguard station). It continued following the shore line heading South. I was about 75 yards from shore and there was one other swimmer near by. The shark obviously could hear our splashing but seemed not to be overly curious as it did not approach either of us. The shark clearly saw me and was approximately 20 yards away as it passed by.

      I notified other swimmers in the area and the life guards. What is the write thing to do in this situation. Should a person yell to swimmers about seeing a 800 LB Tiger just passing through.

      I had seen turtles and one sting ray just prior to the sighting at 12:30 PM.