A person was injured in a shark assault at a Hawaii seashore on Tuesday — the second such assault reported within the state prior to now week, officers mentioned.
The incident occurred Tuesday morning on Hawaii’s Massive Island, at Anaeho’omalu Bay in Waikoloa, the state’s Division of Land and Pure Sources mentioned.
A 68-year-old man from Waikoloa was swimming about 400 yards offshore round 8 a.m. when the shark bit him on the decrease left torso, the Hawaii Police Division mentioned.
The swimmer used a diving knife to attempt to fend off the shark earlier than the fish launched him, police mentioned. The encounter was with a reported 12-foot tiger shark, the Division of Land and Pure Sources mentioned.
The person was taken to a neighborhood hospital following the assault. He’s in secure situation and might be transported to Oahu for therapy of non-life-threatening accidents, police mentioned.
“Extra warning indicators have been put up at varied resort properties within the space, in addition to by ocean sports activities operators,” the Division of Land and Pure Sources mentioned in an announcement.
That is the second shark assault prior to now week within the state. On Thursday, a 60-year-old lady from Washington state disappeared after witnesses, together with her husband, reported she was attacked by a shark in Maui, officers mentioned.
The girl was by no means discovered after a search of the realm round Keawakapu Level in South Maui.
Shark assaults are uncommon. There have been 73 unprovoked incidents recorded around the globe final yr, in response to yearly analysis carried out by the Florida Museum of Pure Historical past’s Worldwide Shark Assault File. Six of them occurred in Hawaii.