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Shark tracking. Graphics by Wendy Osher/Maui Now.  Map courtesy Google.
Ask the Mayor: Recent Maui Shark Encounters and Shark Tracking
October 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion

With three recent shark encounters on Maui, one resident asks if anyone investigated whether any of the tagged sharks were involved in the biting incidents.

Shark biology: Male sharks showed signs of mating abrasions on their pelvic claspers (shown inset). Photo courtesy University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
UH Researchers Tag More Tiger Sharks for Online Tracking
February 5th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

Online Shark Tracking: 11 sharks are now viewable on the website, including 9 females and 2 males ranging in size from 9.3 to 14.2 feet.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Maui Mayor Discusses Shark Repellent, Avoidance
December 11th, 2013 · 20 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

In an exclusive interview this week, Mayor Arakawa said it’s difficult to create rules and regulations when shark movement and how they react to people has varied.

Shark attack response, Mākena Landing. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Shark Tracking, Safety Tips Gain Traction After 2nd Fatality
December 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

According to the Division of Aquatic Resources, this is the thirteenth reported shark incident statewide this year, and the eighth in Maui waters. The agency notes that over the last 20 years, Hawaiʻi has averaged about four unprovoked shark incidents per year, but numbers per individual year are “highly variable.”

A Maui couple sent in this photo of a shark sighted between 8:50 and 9 am. on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 off of Halama Street in Kīhei.  DLNR was notified  and crews were sent out to patrol the area.  Photo courtesy John and Courtney Swanson.
Website Tracks Tiger Sharks Tagged Near Maui
November 15th, 2013 · 4 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

So far, the website features tracking of seven sharks–one male and six female–ranging in size from 9.3 feet to 14.2 feet. The tracking dates back to the period starting between Oct. 17 and 20, 2013, when the sharks were first tagged with the satellite devices.