Maui seems to have far more shark attacks than
any other Hawaiian Island -- 20 in the last four
years, mainly on snorkelers and swimmers -- and
researchers wondered why.
Well, it turns out the results are pretty simple.
There are just more sharks there. In fact, tiger
sharks favor the waters there -- they have historically
-- and it just happens, so do humans, says
Carl Meyer, a researcher at the Hawaii Institute of
Marine Biology. The researchers tagged tiger sharks
off Maui and Oahu and tracked them as they swam
around the island chain, discovering that they
favored the waters between Maui, Lanai, Molokai,
and Kahoolawe islands.
"Together, Maui and nearby islands have more
preferred shark habitat than all the other main
Hawaiian Islands combined," Meyer said. "Maui
sharks tend to stay in Maui waters, and those that
normally live near Oahu even make the trek to Maui
during mating season. A real shark hotbed, Maui is."