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Tiger shark study begins off Hawaii Isle

HONOLULU (AP) - A marine biologist is studying the movements of tiger sharks, including whether resident tiger sharks patrol certain areas of ocean around Hawaii Island.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports independent researcher Michael Domeier, director of the nonprofit Marine Conservation Institute, will use devices attached to shark dorsal fins to track tiger sharks by satellite.

Domeier says they study was planned before recent shark attacks on people. Eight people have been bitten in 2013, including four in the last three weeks.

Domeier says he suspects that tiger sharks do not patrol specific areas but that they are attracted to Honokohau Harbor by people cleaning fish. He says the study could show that some tiger sharks remain in that area.

Domeier previously has studied great white sharks in southern California.

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