May 26, 2011

Big Island Beach Closure

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 May, 2011 : – -  A surfer on the Big Island of Hawaii on Wednesday experienced a dangerously close encounter with what’s believed to have been a tiger shark, which bit down on the tail end of her surfboard at a spot called Lyman’s.

The surfer was not inured in the incident, which occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Lyman’s and nearby beaches were subsequently closed by the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. A similar incident occurred four days earlier, when a shark bit a paddleboard, knocking its rider into the water.

After Wednesday’s incident swimmers were asked to get out of the water at Lyman’s, Laaloa Beach Park and Kahaluu Beach Park. A helicopter patrol failed to spot a shark. KHON News posted a photo, sent by a viewer, showing what appear to be teeth marks in a semi-circle around the board’s fin. The bite does not appear to have been made by a fully-grown tiger shark.