Orindan Ranie Pearce was attempting to swim the Kaiwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu, Hawaii last week – a daunting distance a skosh over 28 choppy open ocean miles – when a Niuhi (Tiger Shark) took an interest in her progress and came just a little too close for comfort.
Ranie’s chase boat says there were actually two sharks in the water with the swimmer, but that they could only get one on camera at a time.
Ranie is fine. Shark probably just wanted a little company. It gets lonely in the open ocean.
Our best to Ranie and hopefully she’ll be able to make her swim in the future.