It is imperative for all the current and prospective visitors to comprehend the fact that the odds of getting attacked by a shark are extremely minute. While there is not much that you can do to protect yourself against an attack other than some essential safety precautions, most of those who are attacked tend to survive.
With Hollywood’s blockbuster movies consistently depicting them as enormous man-eaters, aggressive shark finning in East Asian nations, and the debatable shark culls in Western Australia in reply to attacks on surfers, it is an incredibly challenging time to share the ocean with humans.
As a matter of fact, it is estimated that around eighty to ninety million sharks are slaughtered by humans every year, and about twenty distinct species of sharks are on the verge of extinction.
During our sea tours, one thing that we have noticed is that the majority of our visitors are terrified of sharks, and most of it comes from the wrong illustration of sharks and misinformation.
So, to inform and enlighten our island visitors about the advantages of sharks, we hope this guide can help in conveying the actual realities of sharks in Hawaii, as well as other Kauai wildlife.
What Are the Odds of Getting Attacked by A Shark?
According to the statistics, getting attacked by a shark is one of the last things a visitor should worry about when playing in the ocean. A lot of things—from going to the airport in a car to taking a power nap under a giant coconut tree—are statistically more dangerous than sharks. So are ants, bathtubs, deer, and dogs—all of which kill more people than sharks annually.
What Type of Sharks Live in Hawaii?
Whereas there are plenty of different species of shark in Hawaii, usually, only 5-7 types of species can be expected to appear. Furthermore, with the exception of Black Tip Reef and White Tip sharks, sighting a shark is so extraordinarily unique that the majority of the locals have never ever sighted one. However, even if you are able to sight a shark when visiting the beautiful and breath-taking oceans of Hawaii – particularly in crystal clear blue water – consider yourself lucky to have witnessed such a unique experience.
What Are Some Tips for Staying Safe?
Although the odds of getting attacked by a shark are relatively minute, there are still a number of precautions that a visitor can take to make sure they are safe & sound down in the water.
- Always heed posted placards or warning signs in case a shark has been recently seen.
- Try and avoid swimming around the entrance of harbors or the spear fishermen.
- Try and avoid swimming at dusk or dawn amid a period of comparatively low visibility.
- Try and avoid river mouths with substantial runoff where visibility is considerably low.
- Try and avoid swimming in murky water, especially after a storm.
Now that you possess a decent amount of knowledge about sharks, we hope that the information we’ve provided throughout this blog will alleviate some of the fears, if not all. Sharks are incredibly crucial members of our ecosystem. They don’t pose any significant threat to us humans, and by just taking some essential precautions, one must be able to see sharks as beautifully stunning creatures instead of something to fear.