HAWAII – A Washington woman was most likely eaten by a sharkdescribed as “aggressivewhile scuba diving off Hawaii, authorities said, after the victim’s husband said he saw the shark nearby with “something red” around its gills.
The name of the 60-year-old woman was not revealed to the press; she was last seen on December 8 when she and her husband snorkeled at different points on the beach of Keawakapu, in Maui County, according to reports from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The NYP reported that, although the woman’s body has not been found, the authorities concluded that she died from a shark attack.
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The shark was feeding in the area
The man told authorities that he and his wife snorkeled on different parts of the beach and that he only saw her in the distance from time to time. As the shark began to circle him, it stuck its head out repeatedly to try to locate his wife. He later noticed that the shark was wearing “something red around the gills.”
He says that at that moment the people on the beach began to yell at him to get out of the water because the shark was feeding in the zone.
An eyewitness said he saw a large shark feeding on something in the water and tried to warn the pair “when he saw the big mouth of the shark continue to feed on something amidst the red cloud in the water.” Shortly after, he called 911.
Rescuers searched for the woman, both in the water and from the sky, until Dec. 9, when officials saw what they believed to be a Tiger shark 3 to 4 meters swimming in the area.
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