The woman was several hundred meters offshore kayaking in Anaehoomalu Bay in South Kohala when she was bitten on the right upper thigh, according to a press release from the Hawaii Fire Department. The tourist was taken ashore in a kayak and then moved to the North Hawaii Community Hospital, where she is in stable condition, according to the fire department.
The fire brigade flew over several miles of shoreline after the woman was bitten and saw no sharks in the water. However, the nearby beaches are closed until further notice, according to the Hawaii Civil Defense Department.
The piece was about 12 inches in diameter and came from a five-foot black black reef shark, according to Dan Dennison, a spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Dennison told CNN that this is unusual.
“[There is] no record of this kind that bites anyone in Hawaii,” he said.
This is the third shark attack in the state of Hawaii in 2019, according to department records. The last event occurred with a victim in a canoe. The shark bit the canoe side but did not damage the boat.
In 2018, three incidents were reported, including an attack that cost the victim his right leg below the knee. No deaths have been reported since 2015.