Eel might be to blame for surfer attack in Hawaii

An attack off the waters of popular Waikiki Beach was initially believed to be a shark, but officials now say an eel is to blame.

A Whitemouth Moray eel off the coast of Hawaii.

A Whitemouth Moray eel off the coast of Hawaii. Image by Matt Kieffer / CC BY-SA 2.0

Hawaii coral reefs are home to many eel species, including a few that have sharp teeth. Eels are usually not aggressive unless they feel threatened. The latest attack comes after a spate of shark attacks around the islands. On the same day of the eel attack, a man was bitten by a tiger shark while swimming off Lanikai Beach. Read more: nytimes.com

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