Emergency responders say Waikiki incident due to eel bite, not shark; beach to remain open

Emergency responders say Waikiki incident due to eel bite, not shark; beach to remain open

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Emergency responders say an eel -- not a shark -- bit a 32-year-old man Saturday in waters off Waikiki.

The incident happened about 7 p.m., and officials initially reported the bite was consistent with a small shark bite.

Lifeguards will not be posting warning signs near the Waikiki police substation Sunday, and the beach will remain open.

Meanwhile, shark warning signs will remain posted in Lanikai until noon following a shark bite at the popular windward Oahu beach.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a man was critically injured off of Lanikai Beach when a tiger shark bit him just above the ankles.

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