Maui lifeguards on alert after shark spotted off Makena State Park

Maui lifeguards were on alert after a shark was spotted in waters off Makena State Park Tuesday morning.

Officials with the Department of Land and Natural Resources say the 8-10-foot shark was seen near the shoreline at around 11:40 a.m.

A turtle also came ashore with part of its flipper missing and a large bite mark on its shell, measuring about a foot in diameter. A DLNR spokesperson said people who ran up for a closer look spooked the turtle and it returned to the ocean.

The beach was not closed, however lifeguards warned nearby beach goers of the sighting.

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