Idea #688 – Diving with sharks in Tahiti
Sharks are part of the seascapes of Polynesia. During dives in Tahiti, you will certainly be able to cross the following species:
*White Fin shark of the Lagoon (Triaenodon obesus): this shark has a gray coat often punctuated with black spots, with a whitish belly, the apex of the dorsal fins and the upper lobe of the caudal fin is white, with a size of 1, 2 meters to 1.7 meters. This shark is often laid on the bottom during the day facing the current and can be very active at night.
*Black tip shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus): this shark has a light brown-gray, with a white belly, the apex of all the fins is black. It is usually 0.8 meters to 1.3 meters. It is certainly the most common species in the lagoons.
*Gray reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos): this shark has a gray-bronze dress, and a whitish belly. With the exception of the first dorsal fin, the other fins on their posterior part pull towards the black. It is usually 1.2 meters to 1.8 meters. This shark is very present in the passes and external slopes. On the reefs of the high islands, females appear to be more numerous than males. It is not uncommon to count more than a hundred individuals in the passes of the atolls …
*White tips Shark of the reef (Carcharhinus albimarginatus): this shark has a uniformly gray-bronze dress, with a whitish belly. The apex and the posterior part of the fins are white, with a massive body. It is usually 1.5 meters to 2 meters. Adults prefer to stay near the deep passes, while juveniles are more likely to venture there. The approach of the Avatoru Pass in Rangiroa is certainly the best known for the observation of large specimens.
If you’re lucky, you’ll also come across lemon sharks (Negaprion Acutidens), nurse sharks (Nebrius ferrugineus), and the impressive hammerhead sharks, bulldogs and tiger sharks.
Where is it?
Tahiti, Polynésie Française, France