KEKAHA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kauai man says he is recovering and in good spirits after being bitten on the hand by a shark in an incident that forced the temporary closure of Davidson’s Beach in Kekaha on Monday.
“What happened is I felt a little sting in my right finger, it was on the rail of my board, and I just shook it because I thought it was a jellyfish or something,” said Douglas Moore, who spoke to Hawaii News Now several hours after suffering the injury. “And right then it surfaced next to me, I could see the fin, the back, and I think I hit it once or twice and took off for shore.”
The incident, believed to have involved a tiger shark, happened at around 8:30 a.m., according to Ocean Safety officials.
Moore says he noticed right away that he had suffered a pretty bad cut, and paddled toward shore until he caught a wave he was able to ride in on his way to seek medical attention. He was eventually taken to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.
“I got 26 stitches on my right finger, in two different spots. It was kinda like a 'T',” said Moore.
Officials have posted “shark sighted” and “no swimming” signs at Davidsons Beach until further notice.
This story will be updated.