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Reef shark sighted at Po‘ipu Beach

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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 11:45 pm

LIHU‘E — Robert Saunders, a visitor from Los Angeles staying at the Sunset Kahili resort condominium a short stroll from Po‘ipu Beach Park, had a close encounter with a small shark Thursday afternoon, he said.

The 6-foot reef shark was cruising in the shallow water near the sandy area known as “baby beach” because of its calm waters appropriate for young swimmers, he said.

And he has photographic evidence to prove it (above).

While Saunders told The Garden Island in a telephone interview that Kaua‘i Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau lifeguards on duty at the time of the sighting chased the shark away from the popular swimming area, county officials Friday said they could not confirm a shark sighting at Po‘ipu Beach Park on Thursday.

“We were really surprised” to see the shark inside the rock wall at the beach, Saunders said.

Saunders said he asked lifeguards if a 6-foot shark poses a danger to humans, and they reportedly replied, “How dangerous are dogs?” meaning that, if provoked, a 6-foot shark could attack a human.

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3 comments:

  • hawaiian8 posted at 6:47 pm on Tue, May 18, 2010.

    hawaiian8 Posts: 32

    wait, a reef shark on the reef, in the water, whoa thats unheard of.. kinda like a stripper at a strip bar... way out of place...

     
  • Keg Man posted at 9:52 am on Sun, May 16, 2010.

    Keg Man Posts: 59

    This can't be true, the bartenders at the Marriot swear there are no sharks in that lagoon!

     
  • leftygoleft posted at 8:05 am on Sat, May 15, 2010.

    leftygoleft Posts: 13

    ...and that harsh reality is that you are far, far ,far more likely to get bit by a dog than a shark. Even when there is one swimming right next to you. Unless you you have a bloody fish in your pocket. Then, you seriously increase your chances. Shark bites almost always happen in murky water. I have swam and surfed with sharks in clear water many times and they have little if any interest in eating humans.

     

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