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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 9:32 p.m., Friday, November 24, 2006

Maui beaches reopen after shark sighting

Advertiser Staff

LAHAINA, Maui — Department of Land and Natural Resources officials at 2:40 p.m. reopened a stretch of West Maui beaches that was closed earlier in the day after a large tiger shark was spotted off Mala Wharf in Lahaina.

Beaches from Lahaina Harbor to Hanakao'o Beach Park in Ka'anapali were closed after an 18- to 20-foot shark was reportedly seen dining on a turtle carcass.

The beaches were reopened when the shark left the area and no further sightings were reported.