Monday, June 18, 2012

Sandbar Shark in Lahaina Harbor

This is my first time seeing a sandbar shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus, in the wild. It is a type of requiem shark distinguished by its very tall dorsal fin. This morning there were two swimming by the fuel dock just inside Lahaina Harbor. I imagine it is fish parts tossed over by the fishing boats that must have brought them in. I have snorkeled all over this island and have never seen them. I have heard stories about people seeing sandbar shark during blue water swims while in hundreds of feet of water. As you can imagine I was very surprised but figured it was a good way to start the day!

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