Not weeks after Maui City Council members voted to ban non existent commercial shark diving to "protect swimmers and divers" in Maui - a surfer was bitten this morning by an estimated 6-8 foot sand shark.
He was surfing in the "Kalama Bowls" area of a local beach park shortly after 6:00 a.m. when he was bitten on the upper right thigh and the lower part of his right ankle, according to Maui County officials.
The unfortunate negative intersection of sharks and humans will continue to happen regardless of commercial shark diving operations in any given area.
Maui has never had commercial shark diving in it's waters.
Shark do not target humans as a general rule.
Maui's political decision to ban shark diving was just that, a political decision, and with this mornings unfortunate incident proved one thing for certain...sharks do not regard political decisions.
Commercial shark diving is under assault by a global anti-shark diving lobby that trades in on the fear of sharks. When bans are proposed "public safety" is touted as the net benefit to the community at large.
With this latest case in Maui, the anti-shark diving lobby has been exposed for what they are.
Simply put, purveyors of fear based nonsense.