Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is urging swimmers and surfers to exercise caution when going into the ocean, after a surfer suffered a shark bite on Sept. 9 in Kaaawa, off of Kahana Bay on the island of Oahu.
Witnesses said the shark did damage to a 40-year-old man’s right thigh, ankle and fingers, according to an Associated Press report.
“Do not enter the water where shark warning signs are posted. In all other areas, please exercise caution when entering the water,” said Laura Thielen, the department’s chairperson.
The DLNR said there have been reports of large sharks in Hawaii’s near-shore waters.
The Sept. 9 incident was the second shark bite in Hawaii this year. On July 25, a woman was bitten while snorkeling off Makaha on Oahu.