Sharks visible in waters off reserve

The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER / photo
The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER / photo
The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER / photo

FIRST PHOTO: DLNR forest and wildlife technician Joe Fell McDonald (left) and Maui County Ocean Safety Capt. Zach Edlao survey the shoreline at ‘Ahihi Kina’u Natural Area Reserve on Wednesday morning.

SECOND/THIRD PHOTO: Tiger sharks follow black tip reef sharks into shallow water Wednesday afternoon at ‘Ahihi Kina’u Natural Area Reserve. Shark researchers have said it was likely that the black tip sharks were going into the shallow water to give birth to their pups and that the tigers were following them in to feed on the pups. The reserve has been closed since March 28 due to shark activity. Since the sharks were in the waters off the reserve Wednesday afternoon, the reserve remained closed for the day. Department of Land and Natural Resources staff will reassess the situation today, said DLNR spokeswoman Deborah Ward.

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