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Shark bites Maui visitorUPDATED 10:33 PM HST Oct 31, 2013Video Transcript
Attacked by a shark after falling off his kite board. A 40-year-old tourist is sent to the hospital on Maui. That makes eleven reported shark attacks around the islands this year. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports. The kite-surfer was only about 150 yards offshore...when witnesses say he fell into the water...as he was holding onto his board a shark attacked. Ocean Safety says the man was left with an 8 inch wound, stretching from his calf to heel. 3549 HE GOT ATTACKED AND SELF RESCUED HIMSELF TO SHORE SOON AFTER PEOPLE CALLED 911 AND LIFEGUARDS RESPONDED TO THE CALL 58 The attack happened near the Kaa Point area of Kanaha Beach Park. Ocean safety says the water in the area was crowded with more than 100 kite surfers at the time of the attack. Shortly after.. lifeguards saw a large shark in the water. 38.28 AT ABOUT 4 O'CLOCK WE DID SPOT A 12 TO 15 FOOT TIGER 3836 And a shark up to 12 feet long was also spotted...during a recent attack back in August..near the same area at Kaa Point... where a shark bit a free floating kite board. Now, more than half... 6 out of 11.. shark attacks around the islands have been in Maui waters... prompting a University of Hawaii study of sharks there. 4135 BECAUSE THERE APPEARS TO BE MORE SHARK BITES THAT HAPPEN AROUND MAUI OR MAUI COUNTY THE QUESTION WAS IS THERE SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAT'S GOING ON IN OUR WATERS THAT AFFECT MIGRATION OR SHARK MOVEMENT IN THE AREA 51 Launched just a couple weeks ago.. Researchers say it'll take a year before the data can be evaluated. "4220 PRIMARILY POSSIBLY BECAUSE BETWEEN MAUI AND LANAI AND KOHOLAVI THE WATER DEPTHS ISN'T THAT DEEP THERE'S A LOT OF WATER HABITAT TO TWO TO 300 FT DEPTH MAYBE THAT HAS SOME AFFECT ON TIGER MOVEMENT IN THE AREA 4237 The shark study is set to go on for a couple years. Kanaha Beach Park where the shark attack occurred today will remained closed overnight.