Historical Shark Attacks In Tuamotos, French Polynesia

Located in French Polynesia, the Tuamotu archipelago is known for its beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, and diverse marine life.

This remote area is a quiet paradise for those who want to escape from busy life and enjoy nature.

What makes Tuamotu unique is its many sharks.

People who love these creatures come here to see them in their natural habitat.

Visitors can encounter different types of sharks, like reef sharks, hammerheads, and sometimes tiger sharks.

The diversity of shark species in Tuamotu attracts tourists from all over the world who want to witness these amazing predators up close.

Whether you want to relax on the beaches, explore the underwater world filled with marine creatures, or go on an exciting shark encounter, Tuamotu offers a special adventure and a memorable experience in the heart of French Polynesia.

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Understanding our data at Tuamotos

In our comprehensive overview of tuamotos, the data presented in this article is compiled from a variety of public sources, providing a consolidated view of shark encounters by beach.

As you explore the data, it is important to note that while we have organized the information by specific areas, neighboring areas may also have their own detailed posts.

We encourage you to utilize the search function on our website to discover unique posts that may pertain to nearby locations.

Given the unpredictable and often chaotic circumstances surrounding shark attacks, some of the details within our tables have been inferred post-incident.

This is a common practice in the documentation of such events, due to factors like the rapid response required at the scene and the retrospective nature of assembling such data.

Our aim is to offer a resource that not only informs but also enhances awareness and safety practices for all who venture into the marine environment.

As you navigate through the information, we hope it serves as a reminder of the respect and caution that our florida beaches command.

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Recorded Attack #1

AreaTuamotos
LocationTakapoto Atoll
Date2016-12-11
Year2016
TypeUnprovoked
CountryFrench Polynesia
ActivityFishing
NameMale
SexM
Age40S
InjuryHand Injured?
FatalN
TimeN/A
SpeciesN/A

Recorded Attack #2

AreaTuamotos
LocationKaukura Atoll
Date2012-08-04
Year2012
TypeUnprovoked
CountryFrench Polynesia
ActivitySpearfishing
NameTéophane Tauiratea
SexM
AgeN/A
InjuryShoulder Bitten
FatalN
TimeN/A
SpeciesLemon Shark, 2.5M To 3M
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Recorded Attack #3

AreaTuamotos
LocationMakemo Atoll
Date2016-04-18
Year2016
TypeProvoked
CountryFrench Polynesia
ActivitySpearfishing
NameHoata Iotua
SexM
Age22.0
InjuryLaceration To Knee By Speared Shark Provoked Incident
FatalN
TimeMorning
SpeciesGrey Reef Shark, 2 M

Recorded Attack #4

AreaTuamotos
LocationRangiroa
Date1924-10-31
Year1924
TypeProvoked
CountryFrench Polynesia
ActivityPearl Diving
NameHuri-Huri
SexM
AgeN/A
InjuryAbrasions Provoked Attack
FatalN
TimeN/A
SpeciesN/A
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Recorded Attack #5

AreaTuamotos
LocationOuter Edge Of Hikueru, One Of The Central Tuamotu Atolls
Date1951-06-01
Year1951
TypeUnprovoked
CountryFrench Polynesia
ActivitySpearfishing
NameDon M. Clark
SexM
Age39.0
InjuryRight Thumb Bitten
FatalN
Time11H00
SpeciesN/A

Recorded Attack #6

AreaTuamotos
LocationRangiroa
DateN/A
YearZ
TypeUnprovoked
CountryFrench Polynesia
ActivityFishing
NameMale
SexM
AgeN/A
InjurySpeared A Shark, Fell Overboard And Another Shark Severed His Arm
FatalN
TimeN/A
SpeciesN/A
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Recorded Attack #7

AreaTuamotos
LocationMakemo Atoll
Date2016-04-18
Year2016
TypeProvoked
CountryFrench Polynesia
ActivitySpearfishing
NameTeva Tokoragi
SexM
Age26.0
InjurySevere Lacerations To Right Forearm, Hand And Calf From Speared Shark Provoked Incident
FatalN
TimeMorning
SpeciesGrey Reef Shark, 2 M

Recorded Attack #8

AreaTuamotos
LocationAhé Atoll
Date1972-05-06
Year1972
TypeUnprovoked
CountryFrench Polynesia
ActivitySpearfishing
NameB.T.
SexM
Age27
InjuryThigh Bitten
FatalN
TimeN/A
Species1.5 M Grey Reef Shark
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Recorded Attack #9

AreaTuamotos
LocationNorth Pass, Fakarava
Date2013-04-10
Year2013
TypeUnprovoked
CountryFrench Polynesia
ActivityKite Boarding
NameNick Eitel
SexM
Age53
InjuryUnderside Of Board, Fins And, Harness Were Damaged, And Left Hip, Thigh And Buttock Sustained Puncture Wounds
FatalN
Time12H00
SpeciesPossibly A Blacktip Reef Shark

Recorded Attack #10

AreaTuamotos
LocationTikehau
Date2020-07-27
Year2020
TypeUnprovoked
CountryFrench Polynesia
ActivitySwimming
NameMale
SexM
Age4.0
InjuryLeg Bitten
FatalN
TimeEvening
SpeciesBlacktip Reef Shark, Juvenile
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