Swimmers evacuate water after shark spotted near Kailua Beach

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As residents and visitors enjoyed the Memorial Day holiday, witnesses say they spotted a shark near Kailua Beach just after noon on Monday.

"I was still able to stand up," said resident DJ.

DJ says he and his friend were swimming pretty close to shore when they heard someone yell.

"You hear shark you don't want to see where the shark is or look how big it is I just wanted to get out," said DJ.

Michelle McGuinness had been lounging in her beach chair.  She had just woken up from a nap when she saw what she thought was a turtle.

"As I watched, it got so elongated and I realized that's not a turtle. Then we saw the fin pop up," said McGuinness

McGuinness and her husband screamed for people to get out of the water.

"It seemed like it was following the people, it really did. It seemed like it was just following.  The two people came out then it just

kept going and it looked like it was going to the next group," said McGuinness.

Witnesses estimated the shark to be between five and six feet.  It was described as dark in color with a black fin.

"It went that way and I was wondering how is everyone else going to hear about it.  I wanted everyone to do the wave like shark, shark,

shark, shark," said DJ.

There are no lifeguards on duty on that stretch of Kailua beach. It is unclear if Ocean safety was aware of the sighting.

Beachgoers were unable to confirm what species of shark it was, although some suggest it may have been a black tip reef shark. 
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