Tiger Shark in the Fishpond

Word has it, from POH, that there is a 6-foot tiger shark in the fishpond. It was last seen hanging out at one of the makahas, probably because that’s the only place where it’s deep enough for it to swim. According to research by Dr. Carl Meyer at French Frigate Shoals in Hawaii (Meyer 2010), tiger sharks use their individual experiences to develop habits for feeding sites, so it may either have visited the pond before, or it may come back later.

Really? How did it even get in there?
This is a good example of an organism you don’t want in your pond. Ancient Hawai’ians tried to keep predators out. That said, when the pond was originally built, there probably wasn’t a space large enough to let something like that in, so they didn’t have to worry about the logistics of removing such a large animal.
We’re going to look for it tomorrow. I wonder what it’s eating…

Meyer, C., Papastamatiou, Y., & Holland, K. (2010). A multiple instrument approach to quantifying the movement patterns and habitat use of tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier) and Galapagos sharks (Carcharhinus galapagensis) at French Frigate Shoals, Hawaii Marine Biology, 157(8), 1857-1868 DOI: 10.1007/s00227-010-1457-x


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  • Mahalo Nui Loa

    I recently graduated from the Donahue Lab at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and am currently a graduate student at the University of Washington. This research is funded by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, as well a scholarship from the Seattle chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation.
  • “Where do ecological ideas come from? …Most do not spring deductively from the minds of ecologists, like Athena from the head of Zeus. Instead, they emerge when ecologists absorb the essential spirit of individual places– their genius loci.”

    ~Mary V. Price & Ian Billick, "The Ecology of Place"
  • “Aloha is the intelligence with which we meet life.”

    ~Olana A'i, Kumu Hula

  • “I no longer say ‘Hawaiian ways of knowing’ anymore. Because people relegate that to the margins. ‘Ways of knowing,’ as if it’s a quaint, anthropologic way of describing something outside us. No, it’s ‘epistemology,’ the philosophy of knowledge. Land educates. ‘Ike ‘aina. The land of your birth educates you. This land here educates you.”

    ~Manu Meyer

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