Sharks in Papua New Guinea

The island nation of Papua New Guinea is home to various shark species. The most notable shark is the recently discovered Papuan Epaulette Shark, known for its capability to walk on land with the help of its fins.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Papua New Guinea

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Blacktip Reef Shark 3-4 feet Moderately aggressive (if provoked)
Gray Reef Shark 4-5 feet Highly aggressive
Hooded Carpetshark 2.4-2.5 feet Not aggressive
Northern River Shark 8.1-8.2 feet Not aggressive
Papuan Epaulette Shark 2.4-2.5 feet Not aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Silvertip Shark 6.6-9.8 feet Moderately aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive



There have been several shark attacks around Papua New Guinea, many of which end up fatal.


While reports of great white sharks appearing around Papua New Guinea persist, there haven’t been any official confirmations of the shark being found in these waters.


Yes, you can go scuba diving in places like Father’s Reefs and Madang, where you may encounter sharks.

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