More aggressive shark encounters being reported on Maui

Published: Jan. 25, 2016 at 3:25 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2016 at 8:22 PM HST
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WAILEA, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) - A string of encounters with aggressive sharks on Maui this month have put some beachgoers on edge.

On Saturday, a shark bit a visitor's stand-up paddle board near the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea. Authorities said the Minnesota man and his wife were paddle boarding about a half-mile from shore when the shark bit the back of the board, causing the man to fall into the water. He managed to get back on and paddle safely to shore.

A stretch of the coast was shut down, but that has since been reopened.

Another man on Maui told Hawaii News Now that a shark was pursuing one of his friends on a paddle board of Jan. 16. He said the shark circled the board and passed by a man in his canoe.

Maui Now also reported that there were two other recent incidents involving large sharks pursuing people in paddle water bikes. In one of the cases, a tiger shark bumped one of the water craft while about a mile offshore of Mokapu Beach.

The sharks in each incident were described as being at least 15 feet long.

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