CRITTER: Meet niuhi the Tiger Shark

Terry Lilley / Contributed

Niuhi the Tiger Shark

Niuhi can grow to 18-feet long and weigh 2,000 pounds and it is the most dangerous shark in Hawai‘i but also the most gentile shark! After 40 years of diving with sharks world wide from 20 foot long Great White Sharks to two foot long Horn Sharks the Hawaiian Tiger sharks are the most difficult to get a movie of because they are so shy. When we jump off a boat where a large Tiger Shark has been spotted we don’t look at the shark at first. We actually look the other way as if we don’t see it. That is because Tiger Sharks are stealth feeders and they like to surprise their prey so if you make eye contact they will just turn away from you and leave.