Ka'anapali beach reopens a day after shark bite
Maui County Ocean Safety officers and State Department of Land and Natural Resources officials will be reopening the beach area in Ka'anapali where a surfer was bitten by a shark on Tuesday.
Officials closed the beach for a mile in both directions after the incident took place fronting the Maui Kai Condos, located at 106 Ka'anapali Shores Place.
The victim, a 58-year-old man from Marina Del Rey, Calif., is still hospitalized with two deep lacerations in his right thigh.
Initial reports from surfers stated that the shark might have been around 4-feet-long. However, county lifeguards now say based upon the victim's injuries and how he described the shark's head as the "size of a basketball," the shark may be anywhere from 8-to-10-feet-long.
The beach was closed from Black Rock to Honokowai and will reopen at noon Wednesday.
Lifeguards say since Tuesday morning they and DLNR officials have been monitoring the area using binoculars from rooftop of the Maui Kai, patrolling the shoreline on ATVs and the water via jet ski and they have not seen any sign of the shark.
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