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Defiance and Fear in the Wake of Shark Sightings

John Charles Colcrasure John Charles Colcrasure
Reina Pizarro Reina Pizarro
Chopper 8 view of Ocean Safety speeding to warn surfers of shark sightings at Chun's Reef on Monday Chopper 8 view of Ocean Safety speeding to warn surfers of shark sightings at Chun's Reef on Monday
Chopper 8 above Laniakea on Oahu's north shore Monday afternoon Chopper 8 above Laniakea on Oahu's north shore Monday afternoon
by Joann Shin

(KHNL) - Cindy Zimmermann tries to capture something spectacular. She said, "I came here to see turtles, but never expected to see a gigantic shark as well. It's exciting."

Not one, but four sharks were spotted from a police helicopter, near Chun's Reef around 1:30 in the afternoon and at Laniakea shortly after. Two sharks were said to be as big as 13 feet. The other two between 6 to 8 feet.

Warning signs quickly went up and lifeguards went out to alert surfers and swimmers. But not everyone listened.

"It's too beautiful out there to stop. If you get a bite taken out of you, it's the price you pay to catch some good waves," said diehard surfer, John Charles Colcrasure.

But Reina Pizarro wasn't about to jump in. "I am very very very very scared of sharks," Pizarro said.

She's scared not just for herself, but for the sea turtles she watches over three times a week. She knew something was wrong. She said, "The turtles have a very good sense that there was danger around."

The turtles at Laniakea Beach usually swim along the coast or far offshore, but volunteers who watch over them, say this afternoon they stayed close to shore."

At the end of the day, lifeguards took down the warning signs. But Pizarro always keeps her guard up. She said,

"There's always that fear in the back of my mind, is there a shark nearby?"