On Feb 28th there was a shark related fatality at Maitre islet in New Caledonia. This investigation is ongoing but it is believed that the species involved was a large tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier). Authorities have banned all water-based recreation in the area for 24 hours.

In the last decade (2010-2020) there have been 9 unprovoked bites in New Caledonian waters, 4 of which were fatal. A tiger shark was confirmed to have been involved in 1 of these fatalities.

Check out our Oceania bite history map here