LAHAINA, MAUI (KTLA) — A 58-year-old Marina del Rey man is recovering after he was bitten by a shark while vacationing in Maui.
It happened on Tuesday morning as the man was sitting on a surfboard about 100 yards offshore at Kaanapali Beach.
The victim was hospitalized with a six-inch bite on his right leg.
He had surgery and was listed in stable condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center. His name was not released, and he was denying media requests.
He told authorities the shark’s head was “the size of a basketball,” Maui County officials said in a statement.
The attack prompted authorities to shut down the popular beach for a mile in both directions. It reopened on Wednesday afternoon.
Lifeguards and state officials patrolled the beach in all-terrain vehicles and monitored the water with binoculars, but the never found the shark.
Fisherman hauled a shark onto the same beach back in January.
The victim reportedly had a camera mounted on his surfboard.
Maui police say they have recovered the camera, but they are not saying what was shot in the water.