A state park on the Kona coast of Hawaii has reopened after it was closed when a shark bit a New Jersey native's leg and sharks were seen in the area.

Kekaha Kai State Park in Hawaii (Flickr user miss karen)

The Department of Land and Natural Resources says Kekaha Kai State Park re-opened Thursday after a fire department helicopter flyover didn't spot any sharks in waters off the park.

Twenty-eight-year-old James Kerrigan remains at Kona Community Hospital. He tells Hawaii News Now he'll need at least a month of rehab after the shark bit into his right leg.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports he says he recently moved to Kailua-Kona from Morris Plains, N.J.

He was swimming with his fiancee when he felt like something was pulling on his leg.


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