16 Fascinating Facts About Sharks in Hawaii Every Local Should Know

In honor of Shark Week, here are 16 facts you may not know about sharks in Hawaii.


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It’s shark week! Even if you’re aren’t watching the Discovery Channel every night this week from 7-8 p.m., sharks probably cross your mind now and then. Between the 8-foot aggressive Galapagos shark spotted at Kaimana Beach this March and the stormy weather that’s known to attract them, even the bravest among us are shark-leery. That’s why we came up with this handy list of 16 facts you may not know about sharks in Hawaii.

 

1. 40 Species in Hawaii

We have 40 species of sharks in the ocean surrounding our islands (there are 350 known species of sharks in the world). Most of them are harmless.

 

2. 4 of the Most Common Species

There are four species of sharks common in the ocean near our shores--these are the sharks you’re most likely to see at places like Kaimana Beach. The most frequently spotted include the white-tip reef shark, the sandbar shark, the scalloped hammerhead and occasionally the terrifying tiger shark.

From left to right, clockwise: white-tip reef shark, sandbar shark, tiger shark, hammerhead shark.
Photo: DLNR

 

3. The Most Dangerous...

Tiger sharks are the most dangerous sharks in Hawaii. Great white sharks are also very dangerous, but are rarely seen in Hawaii. They might be more common than you think.

 

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PHOTO: Wikipedia

 

4. The Most Aggressive...

The most aggressive reef sharks in Hawaii are the tiger shark and the Galapagos shark.

 

a galapagos shark in Hawaii.
Photo: Wikipedia

 

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