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DLNR confirms eel, not shark, bit surfer off Waikiki

Emergency crews respond to Waikiki Saturday after a man was bit. Emergency responders say the bite was consistent with an eel. (Image source: Facebook) Emergency crews respond to Waikiki Saturday after a man was bit. Emergency responders say the bite was consistent with an eel. (Image source: Facebook)
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources confirmed Tuesday that an eel, not a shark, bit a 32-year-old man in waters off Waikiki.

The incident happened about 7 p.m. Saturday, and officials initially reported the bite was consistent with a small shark bite. However, emergency responders later said they believed an eel bit the man. The surfer, who wanted to remain anonymous, suffered injuries to his left foot.

After interviewing the victim, the DLNR conferred with George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File in Florida, about the victim's responses as well as photos of his injuries. Based on those details, Burgess said he believed the animal involved was an eel, not a shark.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a man was critically injured off of Lanikai Beach when a tiger shark bit him just above the ankles. The DLNR said there has never been a confirmed shark bite in Waikiki waters because of the large number of people in the area.

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