California man describes shark that bit him
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Ocean safety officers in Maui are patrolling an area where a shark bit a California man.
The 58-year-old Marina Del Rey man was bit in the leg Tuesday off Kaanapali Shores Place in Lahaina. Firefighters described his thigh wound as a 6-inch bite in the outline of a shark’s jaws.
Maui County officials say the man later told authorities the shark had a head the size of a basketball. Surfers who were nearby reported seeing a 4-foot-long shark. Lifeguards believe it was a reef shark.
The Maui News reports (http://is.gd/9uyPoh) the area off Kaanapali Shores Place likely will remain closed for at least part of Wednesday.
People have been warned to stay out of the water for a mile in either direction from the location of the attack along the shoreline. Warning signs have been posted.