After three encounters between humans and sharks – big sharks – in Maui waters since Saturday, water safety officials have reopened all beaches. The latest closure came Wednesday when a woman was knocked off her stand-up paddleboard by what her companion said was a tiger shark of some 12-14 feet in length.
As a precaution, the South Maui coastline was closed in a mile in each direction from the incident site. That was fronting the Maui Sunset condo at Waipuilani Beach in Kihei.
The two other shark-board-bite incidents took place Tuesday in Kahului Harbor and Sunday at “Windmills” at Ma’alaea Harbor. In none of the cases was anyone hurt. In all cases the water was turbid and murky.
Moral of this story: Don’t enter turbid, murky water…especially after a big rainstorm.