Tiger Shark ID 

Below you will find a database of tiger sharks identified in the vicinity of Honokohau Harbor.  

"Laverne"

Identifying Characterics: This large animal is best ID'ed by a relatively small, cockscomb shaped dorsal fin and a small notch on the trailing edge just above the caudal fork.

"Tony"

Identifying Characteristics: Look for a dorsal fin with a vertical slice that continues down to a scar on the main body.  The upper caudal lobe is partially missing as well.

"Rita" 

Identifying Characteristics: This shark has seen some action.  Look for a large animal with a notch in the trailing edge of the right pec fin, a rounded and triangular first dorsal fin and a caudal fin that is missing the end of its upper caudal lobe.

Photo by Deron Verbeck-Iamaquatic

"Dionne"

Identifying Characteristics: This is a smaller animal with near perfect fins except for a small notch just below the pre-terminal notch on the upper caudal lobe. 

Named by: Dionne Miller

"Ralphy"

Identifying Characteristics: The best way to ID this animal is by the unique rounding on the terminal point of the first dorsal fin. 

Named by: Charlie Fasano

 "Shirley"

Identifying Characteristics: The dorsal fin is characteristically flattened and the trailing edge has some damage visible.

"Seven" 

Identifying Characteristics: Look for a relatively small, clean animal with near-perfect fins.

"Eight"

 Identifying Characteristics: This is a smaller animal with a large dorsal fin with a uniquely flattened gouge out of the top and a missing terminus to the upper caudal lobe.

Photo by Tom Carey of Ocean Planet Images

"Nine"

Identifying Characteristics: This animal has a uniquely ragged pattern of damage on the trailing edge of the first dorsal fin. 

"Mouna" 

Identifying Characteristics: "Mouna" is a very small animal with a notch in the terminal end of the first dorsal fin and a scarred lower caudal lobe.

Photo by Deron Verbeck-Iamaquatic

 "Lucky"

Identifying Characteristics: Lucky has a notch in the tip of her left pec fin and, when last seen, a hook with monofilament trailing from the left corner of her jaw.

"Thirteen"

Identifying Characteristics: This is by far the youngest shark observed so far.  Her fins are still immaculate and her stripes are new and bold.  

"Fourteen"

Identifying Characteristics: This animal is the largest shark observed yet with perfect fins.  The two scuff marks ahead of her dorsal fin in the photo are superficial.

"Fifteen" 

Identifying Characteristics: The dorsal fin is severely damaged and the upper caudal lobe has been mostly amputated.  

Photo by Cynthia Hankins

"Flipper" 

Identifying Characteristics: The first time I saw this animal, it was very bold and strikingly dark on its dorsal surface.  Look for a right pec fin with a large smooth cut out of the trailing edge and a ragged trailing edge on the dorsal fin.  

Photo by Sarah Matye

Named for Christian "Flipper" Redman

"Seventeen"

Identifying Characteristics: This is a large female with few distinctive markings aside from some superficial scarring on the leading edge of her dorsal fin. 

"Paris"

Identifying Characteristics: The unique ragged pattern of the trailing edge of Eighteen's first dorsal is the easiest way to tell her apart from the others. 

Named for Paris Matye

"Nineteen"

Identifying Characteristics: Nineteen has a rounded terminal edge on her upper caudal lobe. 

Photo by Cynthia Hankins

"Sugar"

Identifying Characteristics: Sugar has a slight round to the very end of her dorsal fin and a blunt terminal end of her upper caudal lobe.
Named by: Ryan Bradley

"Nancy"

Identifying Characteristics: Nancy is a medium sized animal with a distinctly rounded first dorsal fin.  
Photo by: Jeff Molder
Named for Nancy Molder

"Sparky"

Identifying Characteristics: Look for a flat-top first dorsal fin and a hook injury in the left corner of her mouth.
Photo by Sarah Matye
Named by Ryan Bradley

"Jessica"

Identifying Characteristics: Jessica has a ragged trailing edge on her first dorsal fin, a flat-topped second dorsal, a small notch in the end of her right pectoral fin and a small, white scar just under her dorsal fin.
Named for Jessica Conae
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