Maui Death Raises Questions About Spike in Hawaiian Shark Attacks
Two shark attack fatalities this year are Hawaii's first since 2004.
The attack was the eighth near Maui and the thirteenth in Hawaiian waters this year—more than triple the 20-year average of about four unprovoked shark incidents each year.
Patrick Briney, the fisherman, was Hawaii's second shark attack fatality this year, following an August attack on a German snorkeler. Prior to 2013 there hadn't been a single fatal shark attack in Hawaii since 2004.
This year's attacks, on top of ten Hawaiian attacks last year, have people asking whether there's been a recent statistical anomaly or whether more shark attacks are Hawaii's new normal.
Yannis Papastamatiou, a marine biologist at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, said it's nearly impossible to know what's behind the rise in attack numbers.
"The problem with shark bites