- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii officials say a shark bit a man swimming in turbid Big Island water.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says the swimmer’s wounds are consistent with a shark bite.

He was swimming about 100 yards off Kehena Beach in Puna on Tuesday when the shark bit him in the right foot.

Officials were told he was using swim fins and that splashing from fins is known to attract sharks.

Warning signs will remain posted at the beach until at least noon Wednesday.

If confirmed as a shark bite, the attack would be Hawaii’s eighth confirmed shark encounter of 2015. The average number of shark bites per year has doubled over the past decade, but scientists say that’s because there are more people in the water, providing more opportunities for encounters. There has been an average of about nine shark bites per year over the past five years.

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