Hawaii is No. 2 on list of states with the most shark bites

Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 12:08 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii sees a fair number of shark bites, but nowhere near as many as Florida.

That's according to a new analysis from Safewise, a home security review website.

The group said Hawaii had the second-highest number of shark bites in the nation from 2007 to 2016, with 65 shark bites.

Over the same period, Florida had 244 shark bites.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources' shark incident page says Hawaii has seen three deadly shark incidents since 2007, all off Maui.

So far this year, Hawaii has had two shark bites, according to the incident page.

The most recent involved a 20-year-old bodyboarder and a tiger shark, which was estimated to be about 8 feet long.

The man suffered deep cuts to his leg along Shipwreck's Beach off of Poipu, but no life-threatening injuries.

Earlier in the year, a stand-up paddle boarder lost his right leg below the knee on Kukio Beach from the bite of an approximate 12-foot-long tiger shark.

According the DLNR's list of shark incidents, most interactions with sharks occur off Maui. Oahu is second, then Hawaii, Kauai and Lanai.

"While all shark attacks are traumatizing, they do not occur as frequently as you'd think," the SafeWise report read.  "In fact, humans kill more sharks each year than the reverse."

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