Shark Bites Off Woman's Arm in Maui
20-year-old tourist was snorkeling
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
   (Dan OBrien)

(Newser) – A third shark attack has been reported off Maui in as many weeks; in the latest case, a 20-year-old woman lost her right arm. Maui Now reports that the German tourist was snorkeling about 150 feet from the shore at Palauea Beach yesterday afternoon when the shark attacked, severing her arm. A witness describes hearing an "unbelievable scream like I’ve never heard before." She says the woman was pulled from the water after about 10 minutes and appeared to have a bite on her foot as well.

Beaches were closed for one mile in either direction of the attack; officials are today determining whether they can reopen. The Star-Advertiser reports it's the fifth shark attack to strike Maui this year.

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Aug 16, 2013 9:08 AM CDT
I'm sorry for the woman... but glad she's alive. In most shark attacks... the huge majority of them as a matter of fact... when sharks strike a target they think might be food, they let go after tasting human flesh. We're just not really their preferred food stuff. Apparently, we don't taste good. Unfortunately, we may bleed to death because of the bite. But then, sharks bleed out and die after their fins are cut off by fishermen. I've snorkled at the Maui beach in question. It WAS a great spot. I didn't see any sharks that day, but I've seen many while snorkling in the Hawaiian islands, and none attacked me. But over-fishing has led to a decrease in shark's normal food supply. Hungry sharks which can't find their preferred fish or seal meals [Hawaiian monk seals are almost extinct thanks to hunting and habitat loss at the hands of humans] may take bites of other creatures in the sea in their hunt for dinner. I worked at an ocean preserve as a marine educator. People would ask me, as headed down to the beach ... "Are there any sharks in the water?" My answer was simple... "Yes, that's where they live".
Aug 15, 2013 11:02 PM CDT
Well, we do cut the fins off of sharks... Maybe he was making a soup.
Aug 15, 2013 8:25 PM CDT
It's a compliment. She must be tasty.