Warning signs posted after shark spotted off Haleiwa

Photo: Noah Tabura

Ocean Safety reports Friday that there has been a shark sighting at Haleiwa Alii Beach Park around 10:25 a.m.

Eyewitnesses say it is possibly the same shark that was seen in the area Thursday. Warning signs are being posted and lifeguards are verbally warning people.

The 12- to 15-foot shark was seen at around 11 a.m. Thursday chasing a turtle and feeding on fish at Haleiwa Alii Beach Park.

Video shot by 13-year-old Noah Tabura shows the shark swimming incredibly close to shore.

He and his father, Chris Tabura, were enjoying a beach day before Noah starts summer school.

“My son noticed a shadow in the water and asked me what it was and by the time I looked at it, you can just see the shark figure, it was big,” said Chris Tabura. “We notified the lifeguard. He was real good. He ran back up to his car, grabbed his megaphone and cleared everyone out of the water.”

Tabura says he surfs and fishes in the area frequently and does see sharks from time to time, but he’s never seen them exhibit that kind of behavior before and never that close.

“Everybody was pretty much the same, kind of tripping out on the whole event,” he said. “It wasn’t like anyone was real near the shark where they were swimming at.”

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