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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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9. Where Do Sharks Attack?

Almost half of Hawaii’s 113 shark attacks since 1882 have occurred off the coasts of Oahu and Maui. Oahu has had 34 attacks and six fatalities. Maui has had 36 attacks and three fatalities. Nineteen attacks have occurred off Kauai, and 12 have happened near the Big Island. [Source: ISAF]


10. Shark Attacks Spike in 2013

Last year (2013) we had more shark attacks in Hawaii than during any of the past 35 years. [Source: DLNR]



11. Shark Season

Most shark-related incidents occur between October and December, despite there being fewer people in the water during those months. Reportedly, even Native Hawaiians were familiar with this trend.  [Source: DLNR]


12. Native Hawaiians and Sharks

Native Hawaiians had a healthy respect for sharks. They tattooed images of them on their bodies, to ward off sharks by letting them know that their aumakua (personal god or deified spirit animal) was a shark. They also used images of them as decoration on kapa (barkcloth), and their body parts as tools, drums, sandpaper and weapons. [Source: DLNR]


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