Warning signs posted following apparent shark bite off Maui

Warning signs posted following apparent shark bite off Maui

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Wildlife officials are urging beachgoers to stay out of a two-mile stretch of Maui's western shoreline following an apparent shark bite.

Maui County officials say a woman was bitten on her big toe by what she believes was an 8-foot long tiger shark.

The 46-year-old visitor was snorkeling with her husband off a charter boat in the Olowalu area at 1 p.m. Thursday. She was about a half-mile offshore in 18-foot, murky water when the shark swam up from behind and bit her fin, nipping her toe.

Fortunately, her injuries were not severe. The woman was treated on the boat, and the group apparently continued to snorkel for another hour before reporting the incident, said wildlife officials.

Olowalu is the only place in the state that has permanent shark warning signs posted. Following Thursday's incident, signs are also placed a mile in each direction from the site: from Olowalu Dump to Lone Pine. The Department of Land and Natural Resources will return Friday at noon to determine if the additional signs can be removed.

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