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Category Archive for 'Hawaii' at Swim At Your Own Risk

Archive for the 'Hawaii' Category

UPDATE: Video of Hawaii Shark Attack Survivor

Todd Murashige held a press conference where he described the details of his attack. he shark clamped onto his right thigh and left him with a wound wrapping around his entire leg. There was a lot of muscle and tendon hanging out. Ew.

More photos here.

Oh, and here’s a map of O’ahu shark attacks since 2001.

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UPDATE: Shark Victim Gets to Keep His Leg

Todd Murashige, the Kane’ohe man who was attacked by a shark off the Crouching Lion restaurant Tuesday afternoon is on the mend and “thinks he’s going to be able to keep his leg.”
Aren Souza, who came to the aid of the victim, spoke with the man by phone yesterday and gave an update on his condition.

“There doesn’t seem to be any nerve damage,” Souza said. “They’re going to check his wounds in a couple of days.”

The victim was about three-quarters of a mile offshore in the same area as Souza when he was attacked. Todd and Souza, 26, paddled their boards in and Souza was able to wrap the wound with a towel, hail a passing truck and call 911. The attack was over in seconds. The shark struck, the victim yelled and was pulled under water.

Firefighters at the scene had credited Souza with saving Todd’s life, but Souza said Todd was the calm one, telling Souza what he had to do.

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Shark Bites Surfer in Kaaawa!


A 40-year-old surfer is in serious condition after being bitten by a shark at the Crouching Lion surf spot in Kaaawa. The man was rushed to Queen’s Medical Center.

The victim (who apparently might lose his leg) was surfing about 300 yards off shore. The shark bit him on the calf and pulled him off his board, and then it bit him again on the thigh. He also had cuts on his hands from the shark’s teeth when he stuck his hands in its mouth trying to get away. The man managed to make the 15 minute paddle back to shore where paramedics took him to the hospital.

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More Sharks Spotted Near Hawaii Beaches


Hawaii swimmers beware. After two days of shark worries, a string of sightings shuts down yet another beach.

State wildlife officials report confirmed sightings Monday of 15 large sharks along the northwest side of the Big Island.

Three beaches are now closed along the Kawaihae coast. Hapuna State Park and Waialea Bay were closed Sunday because of shark sightings. Now add Spencer Beach Park to that list.

Lifeguards at Hapuna beach say the animals appeared to be tiger sharks ranging in size from about 6-feet to 16-feet long.

It’s unknown if they’re the same sharks seen in that area over the weekend.

Officers with the fire department and Department of Land and Natural Resources have been tracking the sightings and are warning everyone in that area to stay out of the water until further notice.

It’s probably best to just work on your tan.

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More Hawaii Beaches Closed…


More beaches were closed on the windward side of Oahu yesterday while officials investigate reports of a body in the water off of Bellows beach and a large shark exhibiting aggressive behavior near Kailua Beach.

Lifeguards, police and the fire department were originally called out at about 3:30 p.m. because of a report of intestinal remains found near Kailua Beach. Ew.

While investigating the report, officials noticed a large shark behaving aggressively and called the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to close the beach, Cheplic said.

No body had been found as of early yesterday evening.

Signs have been posted from Kailua Beach Park to Bellows warning people to stay out of the water.

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Tiger Shark Closes Hawaii Beaches


Hawaii officials closed Hapuna and Wailea beaches this afternoon after a 12-foot tiger shart was seen about 30 yards off shore.

Anyone planning to visit beaches in the South Kohala area better watch their backs.

Officials are monitoring the water for shark activity and will re-evaluate the closure tomorrow morning.

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Shark + Tattered Shorts + Missing Swimmer = TROUBLE


A Great White shark was spotted today about an eighth-of-a mile from where a pair of tattered board shots belonging to a missing 27-year-old swimmer were found.

The white shorts appeared to have teeth marks in them.

Chadwick Chun Fat, a Big Island fire rescue specialist, saw the 25 ft great white shark from a helicopter and later dived into the ocean and found parts of the tattered shorts and pieces of underwear belonging to the missing swimmer.

The missing man had been drinking at McKenzie State Park Saturday night when he jumped into the ocean just before dark and got into trouble.

Friends threw him makeshift flotation and tried to string ropes together, but they couldn’t reach him.

The shark was spotted today swimming parallel to McKenzie State Park where the swimmer was swept away from the steep and rocky shoreline last night during a night of drinking and partying.

I smell trouble.

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Shark Shuts Down Hawaii Beach


Kee Beach on Kauai has been closed following a shark sighting Thursday afternoon.

Ocean safety officials say a six to seven foot shark was spotted in the lagoon.

Warning signs are posted in the area. Officials say the beach will be closed until at least Friday morning.

Happy surfing!

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1,000 Tardy Jellyfish Hit Hawaii Beaches


Hawaii’s monthly box jellyfish influx came a day late and hit an unusual spot.

More than 1,000 box jellyfish arrived yesterday at Waikiki and Ala Moana Beach Park.

The influx came 11 days after the last full moon instead of the typical 10. And of the 1,000 found so far, 400 were at Ala Moana which rarely sees jellyfish.

Seventy people were treated yesterday for stings in Waikiki today and 12 more were treated at Ala Moana Beach.

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Shark Warning at Hawaii Beach


Lifeguards at Ala Moana Beach Park posted shark-warning signs around Magic Island on Monday afternoon after a diver reported an incident in the water.

A shark bit a diver’s catch bag of fish while he was in the water, Department of Ocean Safety officials said. No one was injured but the diver said he saw what appeared to be a tiger shark that was about 12 feet long.

After examining the bag and because it happened in an area with a lot of people, Ocean Safety officials decided to close the area.

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