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.