Huge 12-foot shark attacks man’s canoe then body in Hawaii

A 75-year-old man and 3 other people were paddling outrigger canoes about a half mile offshore, in an isolated area between Anaehoomalu Bay and Keawaiki in the Waikoloa area on the Big Island of Hawaii when one of them saw that the victim had stopped paddling.

A very big shark, which the paddler said was about as long as his 12-foot canoe, bit the hull of his canoe and knocked him into the water. He tried to use his paddle to keep the shark away but was bit in the leg. The other paddlers helped him get back to shore and a friend drove him to a nearby hospital.

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The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources reported that a flyover was done but no shark was spotted. Another flyover will be conducted tomorrow morning.

The area of the attack is rugged and remote, taking 2 miles to hike to that particular coastline, so no warning signs were posted.

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