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Large Shark Gives Maui Kayaker A Scare
The Hawaii Channel ^ | Feb 02, 2006 | The Hawaii Channel

Posted on 02/04/2006 4:50:44 AM PST by Tyche

Snorkeling Boat Captain Helps Scare Shark Away From Kayakers

MAKENA, Maui, Hawaii -- A visitor from Minnesota had a frightening encounter with a shark on Maui on Wednesday.

The shark encounter happened between the Molokini Crater and Makena off the Maui coast in the morning. Dan Lankheit, 57, was kayaking with a friend when he said a huge shark nudged his kayak and wouldn't stop following him.

Lankheit and his friend, Bob, were kayaking halfway between Molokini Crater and Makena when the shark appeared.

"I felt something and looked down and this shark brushed my kayak," Lankheit said.

Lankheit said he turned around to check on Bob, who was trailing him by about 150 feet.

"I yelled to Bob, 'Great white,'" Lankheit said. "All I saw was the side of it, as he brushed up against me I saw his eye look at me. Then he just disappeared."

Lankheit kept paddling, hoping the 15- to 18-foot shark would tire and stop following him.

"I saw the dorsal fin following me and I thought, 'This is not a good thing,'" Lankheit said.

The shark pursued him for about 15 minutes. That's when a boat full of snorkelers from the Maui Dive Shop approached the kayakers.

"I started waving at 'em, 'Please come here,'" Lankheit said.

"When he waved us over, I could see there was a pretty large animal behind him," said Capt. Rae Eckert Stewart, of Maui Dive Shop. "He was just, you know, swimming along, looking at the kayak."

Stewart said the shark had a quite a large head and was swimming close to the surface.

"It didn't swim away right away, until I got close to it and then it didn't veer away from the kayaker. And then, I just gunned the engine a little bit to make some noise and it took off right away," Stewart said.

When the shark swam off, Stewart stopped her 36-foot boat and took the two men and their kayaks to shore.

Lankheit was a bit shaken, but Stewart said he was in good shape.

"He did a good thing. He stayed very calm. He was just paddling slowly," Stewart said.

The state land department has not determined what kind of shark it was, but it is investigating the encounter. The state also notified hotels and resorts on that stretch of beach.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Hawaii; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: hawaii; kayak; shark
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1 posted on 02/04/2006 4:50:46 AM PST by Tyche
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To: Tyche

Might not be a bad idea to carry a .45 in your dry bag to send a "message" to Jaws.


2 posted on 02/04/2006 4:53:36 AM PST by flada (Posting in a manner reminiscent of Jen-gis Kahn.)
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To: Tyche

A love sick shark that thought the kayak was another shark?


3 posted on 02/04/2006 5:17:06 AM PST by yoe
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To: Tyche
"I saw the dorsal fin following me and I thought, 'This is not a good thing,'" Lankheit said.

Understatement of the year award ?

4 posted on 02/04/2006 5:24:32 AM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: Tyche

45/70. A shark doesn't have any brain, so you shoot for the gills. We'd only have to exterminate three or four species of sharks and there'd never be another attack on a human. There'd still be 297 species of the fricking things for "scientists" who don't give a sh** about their fellow man to study.


5 posted on 02/04/2006 5:26:13 AM PST by ironwoodchuck
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To: Popman

Thats so true. Considering the fact that the kayak probably is the length of the shark.

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6 posted on 02/04/2006 5:27:11 AM PST by Tyche (It is easier to take life than to give it.)
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To: Tyche

7 posted on 02/04/2006 5:33:34 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: yoe

Lucky the shark didn't mistake the kayak for its mate and become incensed and jealous of the hapless human on her back.


8 posted on 02/04/2006 5:34:23 AM PST by Cvengr (<;^) Adversity in life and death is inevitable, stress is optional.)
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To: Popman
"I saw the dorsal fin following me and I thought, 'This is not a good thing,'" Lankheit said.

"Just kidding, dude."

9 posted on 02/04/2006 5:35:31 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside

Ain't Photoshop great!


10 posted on 02/04/2006 5:36:11 AM PST by SLB ("We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us." C. S. Lewis)
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To: ironwoodchuck

Using that logic, how many species of dogs should we eliminate?


11 posted on 02/04/2006 5:40:46 AM PST by Rocky Mountain High
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To: SLB

That particular photo is real.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/surfer.asp


12 posted on 02/04/2006 5:41:55 AM PST by Malsua
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To: Tyche
Plagiarism: "You need a larger kayak,"
13 posted on 02/04/2006 5:43:15 AM PST by verity (The MSM is comprised of useless eaters)
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To: Tyche

"We're going to need a bigger kayak!"


14 posted on 02/04/2006 5:43:43 AM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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To: Tyche
""I saw the dorsal fin following me and I thought, 'This is not a good thing,'" Lankheit said."

This man is really a profound thinker, isn't he?

15 posted on 02/04/2006 5:54:32 AM PST by norwaypinesavage
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To: Cvengr

Sharks don't have mates. Sharks just eat. It was trying do decide if the kayak was edible or not. No one has ever seen a shark mate, I don't think. It happens very deep underwater. They are very mysterious. Did you notice the dude in the snorkelers boat call it a very large "animal?" I've noticed them calling them "animals" lately, I suppose to try to get us thinking of them as just another animal with "rights" instead of as a killing machine.


16 posted on 02/04/2006 5:57:19 AM PST by Flavius Josephus (Enemy Idealogies: Pacifism, Liberalism, and Feminism, Islamic Supremacism)
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To: Mr. Brightside

That's a porpoise


17 posted on 02/04/2006 5:57:33 AM PST by frithguild (The Freepers moved as a group, like a school of sharks sweeping toward an unaware and unarmed victim)
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To: Mr. Brightside
As an old surfer I can tell you that's the kind of dorsal fin you WANT to see. Sharks & porpoises are not friends and are rarely in the same area at the same time.
18 posted on 02/04/2006 6:03:07 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: Mr. Brightside

Seen that before. Love that photo.

My wife and I lived in Honolulu for a year in the early 1990s. One day we're at Kailua Beach park, swimming around, the little shark-food turtles bobbing. We went home, and read in the afternoon that they'd caught a 16 foot tiger (stupidest, hungriest, least people skittish) off that beach.

After that, each time I'd go into the water I'd lose my ability to breathe.

That monster in the pic looks about, oh, 12. Imagine a THIRD bigger than that.

I don't know. Neurosis? Or is it acceptable that I don't want to be consumed by a prehistoric animal?


19 posted on 02/04/2006 6:07:26 AM PST by Plymouth Sentinel (Sooner Rather Than Later)
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To: Tyche
18-foot shark

TWENTY FIVE


20 posted on 02/04/2006 6:12:41 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Mr. Brightside

That is a porpoise, ot bottlenosed dolphin, not a shark.


21 posted on 02/04/2006 6:23:51 AM PST by ExpatGator (Progressivism: A polyp on the colon politic.)
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To: Tyche

Gives a whole new meaning to "Maui Wowie!"


22 posted on 02/04/2006 6:29:05 AM PST by Young Werther
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To: Tyche

Tiger shark, probably.


23 posted on 02/04/2006 6:31:52 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: frithguild

In 1965 I was watching the water show at the end of the Steel Pier at Atlantic City. The "Diving Clowns" were performing when someone in the audience spotted a fin. Soon the whole crowd was shouting "Shark!" I noticed that the tail fin was horizontal and not vertical so I started to chant "Flipper". The divers saw the fin and saluted the "Flipper" chant and continued the show.


24 posted on 02/04/2006 6:34:30 AM PST by Young Werther
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To: Rocky Mountain High
"Using that logic, how many species of dogs should we eliminate?"

I don't know.....but wiping out all the Rotweillers would be a good start.

25 posted on 02/04/2006 6:55:14 AM PST by albee (Clinton"Those that bite the hand that feeds them will lick the boot that kicks them!" - Eric Hoffer)
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To: Tyche

Great White? In Hawaiian waters? Those waters are kinda "warm" for Whites, aren't they?

The big predatory shark in Hawaiian waters is the Tiger. 'Course Tigers "check things out" by biting first and asking questions later. So maybe it was a GW...


26 posted on 02/04/2006 7:09:19 AM PST by Tallguy (When it's a bet between reality and delusion, bet on reality -- Mark Steyn)
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To: Tyche
"He did a good thing. He stayed very calm. He was just paddling slowly," Stewart said.

Wouldn't it have been better to stop paddling altogether? I thought sharks were attracted by repetitive sounds and motion.

27 posted on 02/04/2006 7:09:38 AM PST by randita
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To: Mr. Brightside
I had a brush with a WHALE once. Hey, that thing swam up and surfaced not far from me... we are talking 100 feet or less...

When that big old tail came up I felt like fly and his tail was the swatter.

Good thing he didn't breech or anything to let me get my jollies off of his version of a belly flop.

It was way cool though. Totally memorable experience. How many people get to see humpbacks at 100 feet from a little foam board while floating in the ocean?

28 posted on 02/04/2006 7:19:13 AM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: Popman
A few friends went night diving to catch some fish. Night spearfishing....

Anyway you ALWAYS go with partners and in this case there were about a dozen people.

As they were floating in a circle pairing off one of my friends told the other guy "hey man! stop kicking me with your fins"...to which the reply came, "I'm not kicking anyone..."

The first guy put his mask down, turned his light on and peeked under the water....

When he came up his first remarks were, "Time to go home fellas! There's a biiiig Tiger shark down there!"

Needless to say that spear fishing session was cut real short.

29 posted on 02/04/2006 7:24:55 AM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: Tallguy
Yeah, Hawaii gets Great Whites. Its rare these days but they do get them.

Not long ago a diver was free diving with one and it got a lot of news coverage.

article

30 posted on 02/04/2006 7:29:17 AM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: PzLdr
"Tiger shark, probably"

That's what I figured when they said Hawaii. They're also stubborn like this one behaved.

A great white would be more stealth.

31 posted on 02/04/2006 7:32:21 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Mr. Brightside

Fins up! Parrotheads unite!


32 posted on 02/04/2006 7:33:39 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: Senator Goldwater
article

Article2

There has been a string of great white sightings in hawaii, with photographic and video evidence.

33 posted on 02/04/2006 7:43:00 AM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: Senator Goldwater
Click the video in the 2nd article... thats no tiger.

The one kayak lurking might not have been a Great White. Who knows. How many people from Minnesota can ID different types of sharks?

But its not out of the realm of possibilities...

34 posted on 02/04/2006 7:50:32 AM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: Senator Goldwater

Prefer colder water, too.


35 posted on 02/04/2006 8:05:01 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Flavius Josephus

Sharks do mate. Hence, little sharks that grow into big sharks. It doesn't appear they mate for life, though. It appears mating may involve a bit of violence [scars noted on female shoulders] Some have live births, some lay eggs[Great Whites have live birth]. Read once that some scientists believe at least some of the Great White population pups off New York.


36 posted on 02/04/2006 8:08:33 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: maui_hawaii

That's definitely a White in the video. And I agree that Whites will travel great distances to warmer climes for reproduction purposes, which would include Hawaii. Some of the large females who frequent the Farallons have been detected as far away as the depths off Guadalupe and Mexico.

But I just think the kayak was being trailed by a nosy Tiger. Had it been a White, it likely would've been capsized from beneath.


37 posted on 02/04/2006 10:27:35 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Rocky Mountain High

I wasn't aware that we had multiple species of dogs.


38 posted on 02/04/2006 10:29:34 AM PST by SuzyQue
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To: SuzyQue

You learn something new every day :)


39 posted on 02/04/2006 11:20:13 AM PST by Rocky Mountain High
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To: Tallguy
I saw a 15 foot Tiger on the surface while returning from a snorkeling trip to Lanai in 2000. We were on a large Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat about half way between Lanai and Lahaina.

Our snorkeling group of about 20 people had only been out of the water for about 15 minutes when we saw it.

It was one of the highlights of the trip!

40 posted on 02/04/2006 11:20:36 AM PST by robomurph
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To: Plymouth Sentinel
We stayed at Maui Prince Makena for 10 days in November! There are several areas of rocks and reef between Makena and Molikini full of fish, octopi and turtles. All the turtles we saw were huge! Not bait at all. We saw no sharks, but I just told my husband that if I had read this before booking, I would have had serious second thoughts.

I love the ocean. I am a scuba diver and snorkeler. I am not anxious to meet a shark in the water. I think your reaction was rational.
41 posted on 02/04/2006 11:44:55 AM PST by reformedliberal (Bless our troops and pray for our nation. I am thankful for both and for Free Republic..)
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To: Rocky Mountain High

Ain't that the truth!


42 posted on 02/04/2006 12:58:28 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: albee
How about starting with something useless like poodles.

A Rottie can at least protect somebody unlike the yipping ankle biters.
43 posted on 02/04/2006 1:08:21 PM PST by ChefKeith (Flies,fleas,ants,ticks,cockroaches,bad cops,lawyers,judges & politicians All the same. Useless!!!)
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To: reformedliberal

Reformed-

Thanks.

My wife teases me big time. She'll get in the water and put her hand up on her forehead like a shark dorsal fin, and paddle toward me, even in a pool, and then she'll near drown while she laughs hysterically, which of course is contagious. My kids are now in on it.

Still, the whole prehistoric animal thing sorta wierds me out.


44 posted on 02/06/2006 8:07:17 AM PST by Plymouth Sentinel (Sooner Rather Than Later)
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To: Senator Goldwater
But I just think the kayak was being trailed by a nosy Tiger.

The behavior and size is consistent with a large Tiger shark.

A White shark would not have spent that much time on the surface in the absence of bait or chum.

Tiger and Bull/Zambezi sharks are notoriously curious and subsequently more often dangerous to humans.

45 posted on 02/06/2006 8:12:56 AM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: xsrdx
Do they get a lot of Bulls in Hawaii?

I know they're all over the waters in Florida, particularly the Gulf side.

46 posted on 02/06/2006 8:34:35 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: flada
Might not be a bad idea to carry a .45 in your dry bag to send a "message" to Jaws.

Handguns not allowed without special permit in the Peoples' Socialist Democracy of Hawaii

47 posted on 02/06/2006 8:37:00 AM PST by from occupied ga (Peace through superior firepower)
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To: yoe

"A love sick shark.......?"
-----I like your interpretation. There's probably some truth to that.


48 posted on 02/06/2006 8:40:51 AM PST by willyboyishere
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To: Plymouth Sentinel
My wife teases me big time. She'll get in the water and put her hand up on her forehead like a shark dorsal fin, and paddle toward me, even in a pool, and then she'll near drown while she laughs hysterically, which of course is contagious. My kids are now in on it.

Jeeze Louise. Honestly, I haven't been back in the water since Jaws. About 5 years ago, my husband and kids finally persuaded me to ride out with them into the surf on a float they were pulling around. I apprehensively consented. In a few minutes, they lost interest in me and left me floating out there - ALONE. I looked out toward the horizon and saw a huge black mass headed my way. I was hysterical. The mass came straight to my float, parted, and the school of fish swam away. Nope, never again.

49 posted on 02/06/2006 8:42:22 AM PST by Quilla
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To: Tyche

AGH! The husband and I are going to Maui in May! I don't think I'll be kayaking...or snorkling. :-(


50 posted on 02/06/2006 8:45:14 AM PST by arizonarachel
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