by Reem Ibrahim
In Oahu, Hawaii, officials were busy deciding whether or not they should close the beaches located in the areas. The reason being the two shark attacks that occurred and resulted in two victims being hospitalized due to serious injuries. These attacks only add to the five other that occurred within the year, resulting in a total of 7 shark attacks to happen in Hawaii.
According to USA Today, the first incident occurred when “a 44-year-old man was swimming to shore off Lanikai Beach just before noon Saturday when he was attacked.” The man was rushed to the nearest hospital, suffering heavy injuries to both his feet. His name remains unknown, but he was pale and struggled to respond according to witnesses.
Later that same day, another man was attacked in Wakiki, according to People Magazine. The man was in serious condition when he was hospitalized, appearing to have had his left foot bit by a shark. The beaches were closed off for the remainder of the day.
It’s unfortunate that shark attacks have been a common occurrence throughout the year, considering the previous five that happened. According to USA Today, on Sept. 20, “a 27-year-old Kapaau man was spearfishing in a remote area near Upolu Point when a 13-foot tiger shark bit him on the leg.” These are only three of the seven attacks, but Shayne Enright, the spokeswoman for the Honolulu Emergency Service Department reports to CNN that these last two have been terrible.
As far as the beaches closing in Hawaii goes, Enright reports to USA Today that “lifeguards sped through the waters on jet skis and urged visitors to clear out of the ocean, essentially closing a stretch of shore from Kailua Beach to Bellows Field Beach Park.”
Shark attacks are very common in the United States waters. Just last year, there were 52 shark attacks and according to International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the majority of shark attacks comes off Florida’s coast.