Shark incident leaves Helena man feeling thankful

Phil Drake

Heather Hill says she has changed the ringtone on her phone for whenever her husband, Scott, calls.

It now plays the theme song from “Jaws.”

Scott Hill was snorkeling Tuesday afternoon on Kalapaki Beach on the island of Kauai when he felt something tug at the flipper on his foot as he swam through water that he said was a little cloudy.

The 51-year-old Helena resident didn’t think much of it, returned to the beach and noticed a half-moon shaped chunk of his flipper was missing.

He is now believed to be the survivor of an encounter with what experts think was an 11-12 foot tiger shark. But testing is still underway.

Hill was oblivious to what happened until he showed his relatives who live in Hawaii what happened. They took the fin to the state’s division of aquatic resources, who told Hill that their expert believes it was a tiger shark but wants to do more DNA testing.

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“They were pretty excited,” Hill said, “(Shark attacks do) not happen very often, they are pretty rare.”

“It sounds like I got away with something,” he said, adding it

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