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Shark Sighting Briefly Closes Makena State Park Thursday

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The waters off of “Big Beach” and “Little Beach” at Makena State Park were closed for around two hours Thursday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2017, after an aggressive shark stole the fish catch of two men spearfishing offshore.

The men were freediving about 20 yards off the point between Big Beach and Little Beach when what they believed to be a 7 foot Galapagos shark approached them with aggressive behavior and stole their catch which was attached to their dive float. They swam back to shore and informed County lifeguards who cleared the ocean of swimmers at 12:10 p.m. The ocean was reopened at 2:10 p.m. after no further sharks were sighted.

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