Explore the fascinating world of Hawaii’s sharks and rays. There are forty species of sharks and nine species of rays living in the ocean surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, and yet we know so little about them. Sharks are usually only recognized as nuisances or terrorizing monsters, and rays remain mysterious to most people, including divers. Sharks and Rays of Hawaii goes beyond these common misconceptions to examine the habits, habitats, and histories of these graceful creastures.

Also included are:

  • A shark’s eye view of Hawaii’s volcanic origins
  • Up-to-date fact sheets on the sharks and rays in Hawaiian waters
  • An account of the early Hawaiians’ relationships with sharks
  • First-hand stories of close encounters with sharks and rays
  • And hundreds of never-before-published photographs of rare species such as the crocodile shark, false cat shark, and frilled shark, among others.


  • Hawaii’s Oceanic Origins: The Undersea World
  • Anatomy
  • Senses
  • Feeding Habits
  • Sex Lives of Sharks and Rays
  • Shark and Ray Species
  • Science and Sharks
  • Sharks and Rays in Aquarium
  • Hawaiians and Sharks
  • Fisheries
  • Wild Encounters
  • Protecting Sharks and Rays

Authors: Gerald L. Crow and Jennifer Crites