A German tourist was attacked by a shark while snorkeling at Palauea Beach in Maui, Hawai’i last Wednesday, August 14. Jana Lutteropp’s right arm was bitten off just below the shoulder. She was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center where she in stable condition.
It is suspected to have been a ocean whitetip shark that attacked the 20-year-old woman at White Rock Beach, and clocks in at the fourth shark attack to occur in Maui this year. The beach was reopened within 24 hours of the woman’s attack, and lifeguards have seen no further signs of sharks in the area.
*Note from the Editor: Since this post, we were informed on August 22nd, one week after the incident, that Jana Lutteropp has passed away in the hospital after fighting for her life. More details to come on the cause of death.
Watch the video for more information on the incident:
In other shark-related news, an usual passenger was spotted in the New York subway last week. An almost 2 ft long shark was found on the subway’s floor and was even still damp. Nobody stepped forward to claim the shark and the investigation was dropped.
A Hawaiian local was also recently attacked by a shark while surfing the Big Island. Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi suffered multiple leg lacerations from a tiger shark this weekend and is expected to make a full recovery.