Encounter with aggressive shark closes Maui beach - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Encounter with aggressive shark closes Maui beach

Shark Warning signs are posted at Makena Beach, Maui Shark Warning signs are posted at Makena Beach, Maui
MAKENA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two divers spearfishing off Maui had a close call with an aggressive Galapagos shark off Makena's Black Sand Beach.

The incident happened at about noon Wednesday. State officials closed an area from Ahihi Bay to Makena Landing, a mile in either direction from the location of the report.   

The initial report made by the divers to lifeguards at the beach park was that an 8 to 10-foot Galapagos shark made several passes at them while they were spearfishing close to shore off Black Sand beach at Makena.

"Any spear fisherman knows that when you have a bunch of bleeding fish or shaking fish on your stringer, that's a dinner call to sharks," said DLNR chair William Aila.

They tried to fend it off with their spears but the shark kept coming. "The fishermen eventually surrendered their catch to the shark, and the shark turned its attention to the catch and the fishermen were able to get back on shore, minus their catch," said Aila.

 "We are closing the beach because of the reported aggressive behavior of the shark that was made to lifeguards," said Randy Awo, DOCARE Chief.  "This is occurring in the same vicinity of Monday's fatal shark bite incident." 

"Beachgoers, swimmers, fishers/divers are advised to comply with this closure in the interest of public safety. The state recommends that spear fishermen with speared fish on a line should be extra cautious," Awo said.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers are responding to investigate, and will work with Maui County Ocean Safety lifeguards to post shark sighted warning signs and notify the public to keep out of the water.

"I think those guys did the right thing, they poked the shark off, they started heading toward shore," said expert skin diver Wendell Ko on Oahu. He said he takes an aggressive stance, facing the shark, and poking at them if he has to. And it's not always possible, but he tries not to give up his catch.

"I try not to feed the sharks, because once you feed the shark, then they become conditioned to come back," said Ko. "They see an orange floater, they know it's food. It's a dinner bell. It's feeding time.

On Monday, the same beach was closed after a fatal shark attack.

Fifty-seven year-old Patrick Briney of Washington was killed while he was fishing from a kayak in waters between Makena and Molokini.

Related Links:

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Accused serial rapist and killer undetected working as cop

    Accused serial rapist and killer undetected working as cop

    Thursday, April 26 2018 2:39 AM EDT2018-04-26 06:39:08 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:02 AM EDT2018-04-26 15:02:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, left, talks to reporters about the arrest Joesph James DeAngelo, seen in photo, on suspicion of committing a string of violent crimes in the 1970's and 1980's after a news conference. ...(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, left, talks to reporters about the arrest Joesph James DeAngelo, seen in photo, on suspicion of committing a string of violent crimes in the 1970's and 1980's after a news conference. ...

    The suspected Golden State Killer became less prolific but deadlier after losing his job as a police officer.

    More >>

    The suspected Golden State Killer became less prolific but deadlier after losing his job as a police officer.

    More >>
  • VIDEO: Walmart customer gets tired of waiting, gets on store intercom to ask for help

    VIDEO: Walmart customer gets tired of waiting, gets on store intercom to ask for help

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 4:00 PM EDT2018-04-25 20:00:13 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-04-25 22:27:16 GMT

    Forrest Hunter wanted to buy a hunting license and was tired of waiting for help.

    More >>

    Forrest Hunter wanted to buy a hunting license and was tired of waiting for help.

    More >>
  • Texas gang member executed for killing girl, grandmother

    Texas gang member executed for killing girl, grandmother

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:55 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:55:40 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:23 AM EDT2018-04-26 05:23:56 GMT
    (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP). This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Erick Davila. Attorneys for the Texas death row inmate want the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his scheduled execution this week fo...(Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP). This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Erick Davila. Attorneys for the Texas death row inmate want the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his scheduled execution this week fo...
    Attorneys for a condemned Texas prisoner are asking the US Supreme Court to halt his execution for killing a young girl and her grandmother in 2008.More >>
    Attorneys for a condemned Texas prisoner are asking the US Supreme Court to halt his execution for killing a young girl and her grandmother in 2008.More >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • Trump says Cohen represented him in "Stormy Daniels deal"

    Trump says Cohen represented him in "Stormy Daniels deal"

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:18 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:18:48 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:13 AM EDT2018-04-26 15:13:27 GMT
    President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him 'with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal' and that 'from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong.' (Source: CNN)President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him 'with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal' and that 'from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong.' (Source: CNN)

    President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal" and that "from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong."

    More >>

    President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal" and that "from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong."

    More >>
  • Senate committee poised for vote on bill to protect Mueller

    Senate committee poised for vote on bill to protect Mueller

    Thursday, April 26 2018 12:28 AM EDT2018-04-26 04:28:40 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:13 AM EDT2018-04-26 15:13:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. Rep...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. Rep...

    Senate panel expected to vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, a bill that has split Republicans.

    More >>

    Senate panel expected to vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, a bill that has split Republicans.

    More >>
  • EPA chief faces Capitol Hill grilling over ethical missteps

    EPA chief faces Capitol Hill grilling over ethical missteps

    Thursday, April 26 2018 12:53 AM EDT2018-04-26 04:53:54 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:13 AM EDT2018-04-26 15:13:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Protesters listen to speakers talk about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the state of the EPA during a protest by the American Federation of Government Employees union, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Protesters listen to speakers talk about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the state of the EPA during a protest by the American Federation of Government Employees union, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Washington.

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces potentially make-or-break hearings on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to face questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan...

    More >>

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces potentially make-or-break hearings on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to face questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan calls for his ouster.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly