Earlier today, Karen R. conducted a REEF fish survey near the MLCD and guess what she saw:

Whitetip Reef shark (Triaenodon obesus), Photo by Karen R.

“I was doing a fish survey today, at one point swimming along the natatorium wall. Out swims these two 5 feet long white tips from a puka in the wall that allows entrance into the natatorium! They were curious about me, came within three feet, just looked for a few seconds, then swam outward.”-Karen R.

Whitetip Reef shark (Triaenodon obesus), Photo By Karen R.

You can submit your photos of Whitetip reef sharks to help Nick Whitney with his research on the distribution, movements and activity patterns of these sharks. Go to this link to learn more about the project and submit your photos: White Tip.

4 Responses to “NO WAY!”

  1. Melodie Grafstrom February 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Wow…scary and incredible…just so happens I was snorkeling with a friend on the other side of the natortorium today , Kaimana, and said…”Can you imagine what cool stuff is inside the pool?”

  2. oceangirlsurfcamp February 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I love it!

  3. I guess that beats the Speckled Scorpionfish, Hawaiian Lionfish, Scarface Blenny, Rockmover Wrasse, and Whitemouth Morey I saw today…..I’d rather see a shark, I mean sharks!

  4. Last year, I saw a single whitetip reef shark resting on the sandy bottom near the natatorium wall. Whitetips do not need to swim constantly to keep water moving over their gills. The shark did not move, but I moved away quickly once I got over the shock!

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