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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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13. Sharks and Surfing

Don’t let this scare you off from one of Hawaii’s favorite pastimes, but the activity most people are engaged in when they encounter a shark is surfing. [Source: DLNR]


local pro surfer Bethany Hamilton continues to surf even after losing one arm to a tiger shark off of Kauai.
Photo: Wikipedia


14. Sharks Like Urine?

Sharks are attracted not only to blood, but to urine. So next time you’re in the ocean, think about finding a restroom on shore. Your fellow surfers thank you! [Source: Maui Information Guide]


15. Whitetip Reef Sharks

Whitetip reef sharks, which can be found in Hawaii, hunt at night, in groups. Luckily, they don’t get much bigger than five feet, and tiger sharks eat them. They like to hang out inside underwater lava tubes. They also follow Hawaiian monk seals and attempt to steal their food. [Sources: Discover Channel and Wikipedia]


whitetip reef shark.
Photo: Wikipedia


16. Sharks Can Tan

Tourists aren’t the only ones who like to tan in Hawaii—Sharks tan too. Some hammerheads tan near the ocean’s surface to darken their skin for better camouflage. Ever caught a shark doing that in Kaneohe Bay? [Source: Discovery Channel]


A Hammerhead Shark gets a tan.
Photo: Wikipedia


Did we miss any fun facts? Will you be watching Zombie Sharks tonight on the Discovery Channel to learn more? Let us know in the comments!


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