When can I see a Walking Shark?
They are most active at dawn and dusk; we normally see them during our night dive expeditions and
morning adventures where the tide is low and you can spot them walking across the tops of coral heads
in search of prey. During the day, they can also be spotted resting under a coral head or wedged
crack on a wall face.
Are Walking Sharks dangerous?
No, they will, however nib when handled – but prefer swimming or ‘running’ away instead.
Raja Ampat and the Walking Shark
The Walking Shark can rest assured that it will be well taken care of in the regions of Raja Ampat.
On 20 February 2013, the Raja Ampat government officially announced that it has declared the entire
4 million hectares of coastal and marine waters a shark sanctuary. This means that all harvesting
of sharks is now prohibited in these waters.
It is estimated that at least 26-73 million sharks are killed each year globally,
mostly for their fins.