|Swim Lane off Kailua Pier in Kona|
|Shark under swim lane near Kailua Pier in Kona|
In our other shark encounters, the sharks were in deep water if stationary or they were moving and gone quickly. Swimming above a stationary shark in shallow water was different and very unnerving.
|Bait ball next to Kailua Pier in Kona|
|Bill ("dolphin-man") swimming through the bait ball|
We swam further out to see if we could get to a pod of dolphins swimming near a half dozen tour boats in the bay. The dolphins had left by the time we got there.
|Dolphin tour Boats in Kailua Bay across from Royal Kona Resort|
But we made it to the 1500 meter swim buoy.
|Buoy marking swim route in Kailua Bay, Kona|
We were hoping the shark would be gone by the time we swam back and after a quick look around there was no sign of the shark. Relieved, we slowed down and rested a bit by treading water. Our friends were distracted with something under us, so we put back on our masks to check it out.
|Shark underfoot in Kona|
Directly below our feet was the shark lying on the sand. “SWIM!” We all made it back to the pier very quickly. Though many of the swimmers were talking about the shark on the pier, most were not worried and jumped right in.
Our friends were convinced the shark was just sleeping or sick. Whatever brought the shark to our swimming lane, we can no longer say that we have never seen a shark in Kailua Bay.