Surfer reports shark attack

LIHUE  A surfer said he was bitten by a three- to four-foot shark this morning at Kalapaki Beach. 

The surfer said he was paddling out about 6 a.m. when the shark bit him in the arm, 25-30 yards off shore. He suffered a single puncture wound, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources. 

The surfer drove himself to the hospital, was treated and released. 

Kalapaki Beach, which fronts the Kauai Marriott Resort in Lihue, is not a lifeguard protected beach. Officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement are posting signs to warn other ocean users about this incident and asking that they stay out of the water at least until noon tomorrow. 


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