The shark that bit a California woman in Anaehoomalu Bay on Tuesday has been ruled out to have been a tiger shark. The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources in consultation with the former director of the International Shark Attack File made the ruling.
They believe it was probably a Galapagos shark, 6-8 feet long. The DLNR says it is difficult to make a definitive determination can’t be made because it’s difficult to distinguish what are known as requiem sharks based solely on injuries. The term requiem shark is now used on the State shark website to refer to any unidentified member of the Carcharhinidae family of sharks, except tiger sharks. These include Galapagos, blacktip, blacktip reef, gray reef, whitetip reef, and sandbar sharks.
The encounter happened Tuesday morning when a shark knocked over 65-year-old Kimberly Bishop’s kayak then bit her leg. She was transported to the hospital and says though it was a frigthening experience it hasn’t changed her love of the ocean.
The beach was closed and signs were posted until Wednesday.