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Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

Makena, Maui

Maui has racked up a comparatively low total of 37 attacks and three fatalities, yet it’s the nature of the encounters that can be scary. “In Hawaii, tiger sharks present a danger because they tend to feed on turtles near the surface, which, of course, is where we like to swim and surf,” says Marie Levine of the Shark Research Institute. Case in point: Dan Lankheit was kayaking off Makeena Beach in 2006 when an 18-foot-long shark repeatedly bumped his kayak for a full 15 minutes.

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