The ocean waters off Kamaole Beach Parks I, II, and III were closed for two hours Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, after an 8 foot tiger shark came within 25 feet of shore.
The sighting occurred on the north end of Kamaole II just before noon Wednesday, after two beachgoers spotted the tiger shark swimming along the coast just 25 feet from shore. There was a dead bird floating on the surface. The shark approached the carcass and swallowed it whole, then swam away. Witness descriptions confirmed the species as being a tiger shark.
After ocean safety personnel were alerted, lifeguards began informing beachgoers at 12 p.m., of the shark siting and the closure of ocean waters off of Kamaole Parks I, II, and III. Lifeguards launched a rescue watercraft to clear swimmers from the ocean and patrolled waters off the Kamaole beaches in the event the shark was still hanging around.
Conservation officers from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement were also on scene warning beachgoers to stay out of the ocean.
The waters was reopened to ocean users at 2 p.m. after no further sightings of the shark had been observed.
Today’s sighting marks the 3rd such shark encounter for October of this year.
This story has been updated.