Monday, February 28, 2005

The Forbidden Shark Shag

Took a trip to Ni'ihau, The Forbidden Island, and took a short safari without guns. We got to drive around the island on the west, east and north sides in an army issue Jeep from 1942. There were no seats, only wooden planks with red dirt-stained cushions, but it was comfortable enough. Saw many wild sheep, horses, goats and pigs and the first stop after the helicopter dropped us at Keawanui Bay was an area known as Ki'i Landing. We were told that this was a shark mating area and they were definitely active in the waters near the shore.

Here is a close up shot of a shark in very shallow waters

We counted about eighteen sharks in all and they were approximately 4 to 5 feet in length. They were Grey Reef Sharks and are supposedly not very aggressive, but no one was going in the water to find out.

A school of sharks swimming in Ki'i Landing (looking toward Pueo Point)


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