DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
LAURA H. THIELEN, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Reminds Public To Avoid Nearshore Murky Waters
HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) advises the ocean-going public that recent heavy rains may increase the presence of sharks in nearshore waters.
“The rains we’re experiencing wash a lot of material from streams into the ocean,” said Laura H. Thielen, DLNR chairperson. “This may include dead animals and stream fish weakened by exposure to salt water, which will attract sharks. Also, the murky water conditions found near stream mouths are known to increase the chances of people getting bit by sharks.”
Besides the increased risk caused by heavy rains, the time of year may also warrant extra caution.
“We know that more people are bit by sharks during the months of October through December than at other times of the year, even though fewer people are in the water,” said DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources education coordinator Randy Honebrink. “We’re not sure exactly why that happens, but generally rainier weather may have something to do with it. For centuries native Hawaiians have known about the increased risk at this time of year.”
Despite this increased risk, the chances of getting bit by a shark in Hawaiian waters are extremely small, less than one in a million. Still, DLNR recommends that the public follows these safety tips:
For additional information, please visit www.hawaiisharks.org
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