Unknown Fish of Australasia.
Distribution: Lake Sentani, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.
Significant sighting: During World War II,
George Agogino dropped a grenade int o t he
l ake in order t o kil l some fishes for his army unit
t o eat . A 12-foot shark was brought t o t he surface,
and he was able to sketch it before it sank.
(1) The shark like Largest sawfish (Pristis
microdon), normal l y a marine or riverine
species, is found in t his l ake. It can grow t o
a l engt h of 19 feet . If t he grenade had t orn
off it s bl adel ike snout , Agogino might have
mist aken it for a shark.
(2) The Bul l shark (Carcharhinus leucas),
which grows t o 11 feet , has been report ed
from Lake Jamoer in Irian Jaya.