A woman was snorkelling before being bitten by a shark in a horrific encounter before she had to be rushed to hospital.
The 51-year-old woman, from France, was reported to have been snorkelling at the time at the Pāʻia Beach Park in Honolulu, Hawaii, before the attack took place.
The woman was around 100ft from the shore and was unaware of the shark moving in closer on her.
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She suffered the attack around 4:10pm local time and the seriousness of the vicious animal incident reportedly left the woman in a critical condition.
Before emergency services arrived, other beachgoers managed to bring the woman back to shore and she was rushed to Maui Memorial Medical Centre for treatment.
Baldwin Beach Park, Lower Pāʻia Beach Park and Kuau Bay Beach Park were all shut down by officers following the attack and are now scheduled to reopen at 7 a.m. on Monday.
The surrounding areas were covered with shark warning signs by personnel from the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources and Maui Ocean Safety Officers to urge caution among beachgoers when entering the water.
This isn't the first time a shark attack has occurred within the area as a scuba diver was bitten on their right big toe by a six-foot Galapagos shark in March earlier this year.
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The news of this shark attack comes after the horrific story of a bloodied dolphin carcass that was almost torn in half wash up near a beach, after an encounter with a shark.
The dolphin was found yards away from a beach in South Carolina, US.
According to Reddit users who had followed the story, some believe that a bull shark or tiger shark could have been the cause of the dolphin's initial death.
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