More Shark Factoids in Hawaii
Shark facts in Hawaii
We’re back again with another post about sharks. Seeing as it’s Shark Week on Discovery Channel (a much-revered tradition since 1988), we thought it would be fun to give you even more shark facts in Hawaii. Whether you’re coming here to surf and want to know some tips, or you’re coming here to stay on dry land and experience all the beautiful sights, we have you covered.
Let’s check out a few shark facts, shall we?
Of the 350 species of shark in the world, Hawaii is home to 40 of them, most harmless. The four you’re most likely to see on Hawaiian shores are the white-tip reef shark, the sandbar shark, the scalloped hammerhead and the tiger shark. While Great Whites seem to terrorize the lower 48 states, particularly along the Atlantic coast, these sharks are quite rare in Hawaii. The one to be on the lookout for is the tiger shark. As the leading attack species in Hawaii, the tiger shark can grow up to 18 feet and weigh more than 2,000 pounds. They’re fairly aggressive and are the number one shark when it comes to unprovoked attacks on humans in Hawaii.
As the fourth most dangerous place for shark attacks, residents of and visitors to Hawaii have some reason for caution, points out Honolulu Magazine. However, the annual average rate of shark attacks is about three to four people. Fatal attacks are even more rare.
The season for the most shark activity is between the months of October and December.
Native Hawaiians believe that each shark has its own shark god, and they respected their awesome power by tattooing images of sharks on their torsos and limbs.
Whitetip reef sharks are a smaller, less aggressive shark common to the shores of Hawaii. They are nocturnal, and they swim and hunt in groups. Because they don’t really get much larger than five feet long, they are an easy and tasty meal for the much bigger and fiercer tiger sharks.
Did you know sharks like to get some sun too? Its true. Hammerheads like to tan themselves near the surface of the water so they can naturally camouflage their skin against predators.
As said before, shark attacks are very rare when you consider all the other causes of death in the water, namely from drowning. That’s because the currents are very unpredictable, with rip tides that can pull you out to sea easily if you’re not careful. But to reduce your risk of attack by shark, there are some precautions you can take, according to Go Hawaii:
• Always swim with other people
• Don’t swim at dusk
• Swim only in clear water
• If you have a wound, don’t go swimming to avoid the risk of a shark being attracted to your blood
• Don’t splash around a lot
• If you see turtles and fish rapidly swimming away from the area, get out of the water
If Hawaii lures you to her stunning seashore, consider yourself lucky. There is so much to see and do here – in the water and on land – that will surely leave you breathless and in awe. Hoku Hawaii Tours can set you up with natural eco adventure tours, Pearl Harbor tours and more to experience the rest of the island — on dry land.