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Maui shark attacks: 13th recorded attack in 2013 proves fatal for kayaker

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Maui shark attacks saw a marked increase in 2013, leaving state officials concerned that the trending rise in shark attacks is signaling a statewide change that may carry over into next year.

The most resent Maui shark attack is the eighth this year near the island of Maui and the 13th shark attack in the waters surrounding Hawaii, says The Associated Press Tuesday via ABC news. Monday, a kayaker who was fishing was bitten in the foot as it dangled in the water. His injuries were severe however and he later died.

The victim was identified as 57-year-old Patrick Briney, who was vacationing from the state of Washington. Briney was fishing in a kayak between Maui and Molokini, a small island less than three miles off the southwest coast of Maui -- a popular dive and snorkeling spot.

A friend of Briney’s applied a tourniquet to his severed leg, and the pair flagged down a chartered fishing boat for help. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

"We are not sure why these bites are occurring more frequently than normal, especially around Maui," said Maui County Police Department Chairman William Aila Jr. "That's why we are conducting a two-year study of shark behavior around Maui that may give us better insights."

Over the last two decades, Hawaii has averaged only about four unprovoked shark incidents per year.

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