French Polynesia

Checklist in progress in 2017

French Polynesia - Country Statistics

  • Land area*: 3,827 squared km

  • Population* (2017): 287,881

  • Population Growth* (2017): 0.9%

  • Visitors** (2016): 181,00

  • Marine area (EEZ)***:  4,771,088 squared km

  • Population density**** (2016): 77 persons/squared km land area

  • Urban population* (2017): 55.7%

  • GDP* (2016): USD $ 5.49 billion

* CIA World Factbook

** UN Country Profile

*** Sea Around Us 

**** World Bank

Research student: Ms Lisa Stevenson (James Cook University)
In-country partners: Dr Johann Mourier (CRIOBE/CNRS), Dr Eric Clua (CRIOBE/CNRS)
Nicolas Buray, (Observatoire des Requins de Polunesie)
Checklist of French Polynesia sharks and rays

Current number of shark species

Current number of ray species

Current number of chimaera species

French Polynesia shark and ray photos
If you have photos of sharks and rays that are not shown here, please contact us!




Blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) Moorea, 24/09/2010, 

Location: -17.488083 S; -149.903904.

Photos by Andrew Chin

Galapagos shark
Carcharhinus galapagensis

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Grey reef shark
(Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)

Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)

Silvertip shark
Carcharhinus albimarginatus

Photos by Nicolas Buray,


Pink whipray (Himantura fai), Moorea, 24/09/2010, Location -17.488083 S; -149.903904. Photos by Andrew Chin

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Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus), Moorea, Date and Location unspecified

Photo by Nicolas Buray