Sharks in French Polynesia

French Polynesia is home to several species of sharks. Common species include the blacktip shark, the grey reef shark, and the lemon shark.

Sharks in French Polynesia

List of the Different Types of Sharks in French Polynesia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Black Fin Reef Shark 5.5-6.5 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Reef Shark 3-4 feet Moderately aggressive (if provoked)
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Galapagos Shark 9.8-12 feet Highly aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Gray Reef Shark 4-5 feet Highly aggressive
Lemon Shark 9-10 feet Not aggressive
Longfin Mako Shark 12-14 feet Highly aggressive
Nurse Shark 7-8 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Silvertip Shark 6.6-9.8 feet Moderately aggressive
Thresher Shark 10-18 feet Not aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whitetip Reef Shark 3-5.5 feet Moderately aggressive (only when provoked)

Recent Cases of Shark Attacks in French Polynesia >>



While there weren’t any attacks between 1972 and 2002 – three decades – there has been an increase in human-shark interactions leading to more attacks. Most of these seem to have occurred due to activities like surfing, diving, and kiteboarding which bring humans further into shark territory.

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