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Hanalei beach reopened

HANALEI — A Hanalei Bay beach was reopened yesterday after shark sightings on Saturday forced its closure.

A small hammerhead, roughly 18 inches long, was swimming yesterday morning within 10 feet of the shoreline by the pier, but the larger sharks were nowhere to be found, photographer Roxanne McCann said.

The lifeguards took down the signs that had been put up around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, she said, and were not advising people not to swim.

Several hammerhead sharks spotted early Saturday evening resulted in a beach closure, county officials said.

Lifeguards, who had just left for the day, returned to post signage and warn swimmers.

The county received wide-ranging reports of the sharks’ sizes, from 5 to 10 feet.

An eyewitness said the sharks were roughly 6 to 7 feet long and were seen chasing fish around the pier and swimming near the shore.


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