Great Encounters - Paul Nicklen
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The Tiger and the Girl

Ocean Ramsey and I spent an hour with this inquisitive tiger shark off the coast of Hawaii. I found incredible peace and gratitude while being in the presence of this impressive animal. Many Hawaiians believe that sharks, like this one, could be their Aumakua, a family God or deified ancestor returning to visit them in the sea. There are many stories of nā ʻaumākua (in animal form) intervening to save their descendants from harm. It was extremely bad luck to harm an aumakua. This is in sharp contrast to the shark culls that have recently taken place in Australia where hundreds of these great sharks were killed out of a lack of understanding.