white tip reef shark

Reef Sharks

SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 50 sharks including zebra sharks, blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, white spotted bamboo sharks and Port Jackson sharks. See our reef sharks in the Lost City of Atlantis!

Things to Do

  • Watch our sharks swim overhead in our Underwater Ocean Tunnel
  • Spot the Blacktip Reef Sharks' prominent black tip on its fins
  • Find the Whitetip Reef Sharks' white tip on its fins
  • Find out why Sharks are not dangerous to humans

Scientific Name for Blacktip Reef Shark

Carcharhinus melanopterus

Home

Coral reefs and shallow lagoons in the warmer waters of the Indian and Pacific Ocean

Size

Up to 6 feet long

Animal type

Fishes

Relatives

Other sharks, rays, and skates

Average life span in the wild

12 to 25 years

Conservation status

Near threatened

Diet

Reef sharks usually prey on small fishes but will also eat cuttlefish, octopus, sea snakes, shrimp, and crabs. These sharks will sometimes even jump out of the water during a feeding frenzy!

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Opening Hours

Daily


Schools & Groups

(760) 918-5346

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