To the Maori people, the shark is a sacred fish, revered as the King of the Waters. Sharks are fearsome symbols of power, authority, victory and superiority.
In fact, for sailors, pirates and sea-farers, the image of a shark has become a symbol of protection amidst dangerous waters.
Given their predatory nature, sharks can be adopted as a symbol of being opportunistic and in control of one’s life. Bearing a shark tattoo can mean that an individual tends to avoid the ‘shallow end’ of life, because he or she is not afraid of wandering into ‘depths’ where others feared to thread. Because sharks are top-of-the-food-chain supreme hunters, identifying with this fish means that one has made it a personal conviction to seize what they want in life, instead of waiting for luck.