Tippy The White Tip Reef Shark - Big Island Hawaii
While snorkeling at Honaunau one morning in late February 2011 we noticed a diver in the far corner of the reef closest to the Place of Refuge so quickly swam over to look down at him. To our surprise he was taking a video of a 6 foot White Tip Reef Shark that was slowly swimming on the sandy bottom. I was scared and swam over top of the nearest reef as my husband checked to see what Tippy (as we named him) was doing. He had swam away, and I was relieved!! My husband assured me that these are non-aggressive sharks so I felt better and we continued to snorkel. Later we met up with the diver who told us the shark had been sleeping in a cave there for several weeks. A few days later we saw Tippy again in the same place.