Shark sight­ings keep re­serve closed

The Maui News - - COUNTY -

The state Depart­ment of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources an­nounced that the Ahihi-Kinau Nat­u­ral Area Re­serve would re­main closed at least un­til Mon­day be­cause of the con­tin­ued pres­ence of sharks at the pop­u­lar snor­kel­ing area.

The re­serve al­ready has been closed for two weeks, fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous sight­ings of tiger sharks. It’s been spec­u­lated that the preda­tors have been swim­ming near shore to fol­low pup­ping reef sharks.

The de­ci­sion to keep the area closed stemmed from want­ing to keep vis­i­tors safe from large, po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sharks.

The Ahihi-Kinau park­ing lot con­tin­ues to be closed, as were coast­line ac­cess points to the ocean, the depart­ment re­ported.

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