Wailea Daily Photo

Wailea Daily Photo

Photoblog of Maui, Hawaii

5/8/07

Deserted Beaches?

Many of the beaches in South Maui were closed to swimmers yesterday and today because of a shark attack on a vacationing snorkeler yesterday. The victim survived to tell the tale, and I watched her on television tonight in a wheelchair with bandaged foot giving her version of the story. I also blogged about this today on another blog, Who's Yo Mama? if you'd like to read more details.

What rather amused me was is what she related on television--and I paraphrase--that when she came stumbling out of the water yelling, 'Shark, shark!', people just kinda gave her a blank look, and the thought crossed her mind that they might be thinking she was making up a shark story or that they were perceiving her as a crazy woman. Once they saw her blood, then they were convinced!

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10 Comments:

Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

Blood seems to be the one thing that most people recognize. Words are meaningless as people all walk around these days with a hand permanently stuck on one or both ears. Fortunately, they still don't have anything stuck on the eyes. Nice photo and compelling narative.

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May 09, 2007  
Blogger Nathalie said...

What a story!
Very similar to Australian beaches, both for the risk of shark attacks and the beautiful beautiful setting!

May 09, 2007  
Blogger Sally said...

Are shark attacks part of thefolklore and "mythology" of Hawaii as they are here?

Tourists are often scared of spiders, snakes, crocs and sharks! [With reasonably good reason!]

May 09, 2007  
Blogger RamblingRound said...

"Shark, shark!" would have been enough to convince me! Such a beautiful place.

May 09, 2007  
Blogger Jilly said...

That's some fabulous photograph! No people makes for beautiful beaches but I'm sorry to hear of the shark attack. Funny story tho - like cry wolf - until they saw the blood.

You keep safe!

May 09, 2007  
Blogger GMG said...

Instructive: one better cry something else...

May 09, 2007  
Blogger Chris & Deb said...

thankfully the beaches weren't closed to photographers.
Beautiful shot!

May 09, 2007  
Blogger Ming_the_Merciless said...

Very nice photo. It looks like a secluded beach on a paradise island, which Hawaii is.

May 09, 2007  
Blogger isabella said...

I would expect a reaction like that in a big city - but on a beach in Maui? Are we really so desensitized?
Glad the lady is OK - you take care now, you hear?!

May 09, 2007  
Blogger エスタ said...

oooh beautiful picture! i love the sea....try NOT to think about sharks, terrifying! just saw your comment on my blog...didn't notice earlier, am living in Yamagata City in the north of Japan....☆

May 09, 2007  

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