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Maui shark attacks: Dangling foot bitten by shark, frequent attacks troubling

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Maui shark attacks are increasing year after year, and the most recent shark attack occurred this week when an emergency report came in that a male kayaker who had his foot dangling in the water was bitten. The man was fishing in the water amid Maui and a small island known as Molokini, a fair distance from the coast and popular diving site, the CS Monitor shares this Tuesday, Dec.3, 2013.

These Maui shark attacks are becoming more frequent and troubling shark researchers and biology experts, as the reason for the uptick of attacks in recent years has not yet been discovered. The fisherman on the kayak later died from the massive injury after a shark bit one of his feet, which had been dangling in the water, confirmed officials.

The male victim was using artificial lures in the hopes of baiting fish, and has been recently identified as 57-year-old Patrick Briney of Washington, add the Maui County Police Department. Although his fishing partner at the time was able to help lessen the bleeding by creating a tourniquet and got help from a charter tour boat, the man is believed to have died en route to the shore or the hospital.

The specific shark involved in the most recent of the Maui shark attacks is not yet known. The public was asked to avoid the southwest Maui waters earlier this week for a full mile around the shark attack site, despite the incident taking place relatively far from the actual shoreline.

So far this 2013, there have been 13 statewide shark attacks, and eight of those have come near the island of Maui. This is a high jump from the usual four shark attacks per year in Hawaii. Just this Friday a woman suffered (fortunately) nonfatal injuries from an encounter with one of these animals, not far from the coast.

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

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