Pregnant Tiger Sharks in Fuvahmulah, Maldives

Fuvahmula is a beautiful atoll located in the Indian Ocean. It is a great place for marine enthusiasts to come and observe the incredible creatures that lurk beneath the surface.

There is a resident family of Tiger Sharks that patrol the atoll year-round. During an afternoon dive, we were visited by a pregnant Tiger Shark. The Tiger Shark came in for a quick inspection for a minute or two then disappeared into the blue.

Dive Site: Tiger Shark Zoo, Fuvahmula, Maldives

Tiger sharks are apex predators that play a vital role in maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem. Pregnant Tiger Sharks are especially important because they carry the species’ future generation. Female Tiger Sharks have a long gestation period of around 12 months and can give birth to up to 80 pups at a time. These pups are born fully formed and are immediately able to swim and hunt on their own.

The Tiger Sharks in Fuvahmulah are typically found in the shallow waters around the island, where they feed on a variety of prey, including fish, sea turtles, and even other sharks. This is important because it helps regulate the populations of other species, ensuring that the ecosystem remains balanced.


Scuba Diving with Tiger Sharks: If you’re a scuba diver or snorkeler, you might be interested in swimming with Tiger Sharks in Fuvahmulah. However, it’s essential to do so responsibly and with the help of a qualified guide. I used a shop called Fuvahmulah Dive. They have a team of experienced Shark Divers that will help keep you and the sharks safe. Tiger Sharks are powerful predators and can be dangerous if approached improperly.

Tiger Sharks are an amazing sight to see underwater. If planning a trip to the Maldives, consider visiting Fuvahmulah to witness these incredible creatures firsthand. Just remember to do so responsibly and with the help of a qualified guide.

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