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WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division have issued a Shark Warning after a shark was sighted in waters off Waikiki Monday afternoon around 5 p.m.
The warning is affecting the following beaches: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Beach Park, Kapiolani Beach Park, Kapiolani Park Beach Center, Kuhio Beach Park, and San Souci Beach.
A 3-foot white tip shark was seen caught in a driver's float near the Kapahulu Groin in the Waikiki area and was released. The sighting was confirmed by Ocean Safety officials who have determined the animal's behavior and/or size represent a threat to people in the water.
There are no shark signs up, but officials are saying not to enter the water in these areas or anywhere within one mile of the sighting. If you see or encounter a shark, notify Ocean Safety personnel or call 911 immediately.
Officials say a warning is issued when conditions are occuring or imminent and action is needed to protect life and property.
The warning is set to expire at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday. If conditions change before expiration or the event needs to be extended, an update or cancelation will be issued.