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About the Team Name
There are about forty species of sharks lurking in Hawaiian waters, ranging in size from the deep-water pygmy shark (about 8 inches) to the whale shark (up to 50 feet or more). These inshore species are top-level carnivores, feeding primarily on fishes.
Their roles in reef ecosystems are not fully understood, though they may keep fish population sizes in check, and remove sick and injured fish, leaving the healthiest to survive and reproduce. Sharks have extremely well-developed sensory capabilities. They can detect sounds and smells from prey at great distances (up to a mile or more, depending on water conditions).
As sharks approach their prey, they can detect the faint electric fields given off by all living organisms. Receptors on their snouts, known as ampullae of Lorenzini, allow sharks to locate their prey without seeing it. Using these and other senses, sharks can find prey at dusk, night, and dawn, which is when some inshore species are generally believed to feed. Sharks are very much attuned to their environment. They know when people are in the water long before people are aware of them.