Several beaches in Maui, Hawaii have been forced to shut down due to heavy presences of tiger sharks, one of the most dangerous species to humans.
The County of Maui Facebook page that a tiger shark (measuring 10 to 15 feet) was recently spotted approximately 300 yards from the Kamaole Beach Parks. Another tiger shark, reported to be around 10 feet, was seen "within 100 yards off" Charley Young Beach.
The Maui Fire Department will be monitoring the waters. In the meantime, signs have been put out, warning people to stay away from the water. Officials warned swimmers to get out of the water on Monday. So far, there haven't been any documented shark attacks in the areas.
When it comes to shark attacks, Hawaii is one of the most dangerous places in the world for swimmers. According to the International Shark Attack File, there have been 64 reported attacks in Maui alone since the year 1828. 42 attacks have taken documented in Oahu, and 29 in Kauai.
There were 66 reported shark attacks in 2018, with 66 of them being unprovoked and 34 provoked. 32 of them occurred in the United States - 16 in Florida compared to three in Hawaii. Australia had the second-most attacks with 20.
Per the International Shark Attack File, 53 percent of the global attacks were surfing and board sports-related. 30 percent happened on those who were swimming and/or wading, and six percent on snorkelers and free divers.
There are many ways for a swimmer to reduce their chances of being attacked by a shark. The main rule is to not enter the rule if you have a cut/wound, because the blood from it could attract a shark.
It's also important to not splash, make noise or wear jewelry, because these could all attract a shark to your area. Experts also recommend swimming in groups instead of being alone, and it's also wise to avoid the waters during dusk or dawn - because sharks tend to be heavily present during feeding time here.