August 22nd, 2013
02:17 PM ET

Shark Attacks Spike in the Aloha State

After the death of a German tourist from a shark attack while vacationing in Hawaii, officials in the state are determined to find out why the number of attacks have suddenly spiked.

With eight shark bites so far this year and 11 last year, officials have seen a definite uptick from the three or four bites in an average year.

In Maui alone, there have been four shark bites so far this year.

Twenty-year-old Jana Lutteropp, whose right arm was bitten off by a shark, fought as long as she could but died one week later, surrounded by her family.

The shark attack happened as the young woman was snorkeling some 50 yards off the island of Maui.

“Just four days later, a 16-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark in the waters off the big island of Hawaii,” reports CNN’s Tory Dunnan.

According to officials, he's recovering in a hospital from bites to both legs.

“It's unclear what type of sharks were involved in the latest attacks, but it appears Maui is somewhat of a black hole when it comes to data regarding the aggressive tiger shark.”

Starting in September, researchers from the University Of Hawaii will study the tiger shark to gather more information.

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