LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Hawaii shark attack 2012 has struck a Kihei snorkeler. The Hawaii shark attack erupted Friday after a ten foot long shark bit Thomas Floyd Kennedy. Kennedy suffered non life threatening inquires. As of Sunday, beaches from Kamaole III to Waipuilani Park were closed because of the attack.
Thomas tells news that the he was attacked last Friday shortly after 9:30 am. The 61 year old from Oregon was enjoying snorkeling in the earlier morning hours in Kihei, Hawaii. But Thomas details that the shark attack was not a surprise. He saw the shark moving towards him. He attempted to unsuccessfully flee.
“I started kicking. I started heading for my board, which I could see. I was just moving along in a straight line and suddenly (I) felt a sensation, something big grabbing me on the leg and turned, obviously it was a shark, I could see its left eye and part of its sort of face and head. (Then) it released me,” Kennedy told Maui News of his experience.
Kennedy suffered lacerations to his leg. He was rescued from the water by lifeguards and then airlifted to Maui Memorial Medical Center
In January, LALATE reported news of a purported white shark near Imperial Beach in California. One surfer was able to shoot pictures of the large dorsal fin. Investigators later confirmed that the spotting was accurate, concluding that the animal was a sixteen to eighteen foot long great white shark.
Then in August, Leadbetter Point swimmers reported a six foot long shark shortly after 5:20 p.m. Days earlier, a seal was reported bitten by a shark in the same vicinity.