Yet photos and video taken by a team of local conservation activists show that many of the freed undersize animals, mostly tiger sharks, are dying nonetheless. The activists oppose the cull—ostensibly meant to reduce attacks on humans—because, they say, such efforts do not reduce risks to swimmers and inflict too much harm on shark populations.
Researchers from the University of Hawai’i at Mânoa’s Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology have tagged six more tiger sharks off West Maui – bringing their total to 21 sharks since last October.
While diving they normally run into a lot of lemon sharks, hammerheads, and bull sharks.
Adrian Hose said he’s encountered tiger sharks about six times in his life, but never this close and never caught it on camera.
The Waianae resident met up with the 12-foot tiger while spear fishing about 200 yards off of Makua Beach on Saturday afternoon.
"I was kind of thinking, how is this shark going to react? Is it going to attack or play calm," he said.
"He seemed pretty calm so I stayed in there and filmed him."
It was a close call for a Maui man on Wednesday.
He says he was charged by an 8-foot tiger shark while stand-up paddleboarding.
Matt Kinoshita was about 75 yards off Ukumehame Beach in five feet of water when he saw a shark coming towards him with its mouth open.
Researchers captured the photo during a tagging project aimed at better understanding tiger sharks’ migration patterns. Knowing where the sharks feed, breed and live could help politicians craft protected areas for the overfished species.
Meredith Novack, 37, celebrated with steak and champagne after her grueling journey. She swam from Lanai to Maui and then back again, completing the nearly 20-mile journey through the Auau Channel in 11 hours and one minute. She started training for the goal more than 10 months ago.
The Moiliili resident suffered a Portuguese man-of-war sting, but she said an electronic device called a Shark Shield kept her safe from a tiger shark that her escort team told her about after she finished.
"They felt at the time that had I known there was a 15-foot shark circling us and charging at the kayak that I would have stopped and they’re probably right," Novack said.
A Hawaii teen has sparked outrage by posting footage of himself torturing a friendly tiger shark online.
The underwater predator gave Miguel Lasa a scare when it grabbed the piece of equipment and began to swim off. Fortunately, the creature dropped it a few hundred feet away.