Black Tip Reef Sharks

FUN FACT

A shark’s skeleton is made up of cartilage, like the bendy bit in your nose!

The blacktip reef shark is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, easily identified by the prominent black tips on its fins (especially on the first dorsal fin and its caudal fin).

Among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this species prefers shallow, inshore waters. Its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in the region. Most blacktip reef sharks are found over reef ledges and sandy flats, though they have also been known to enter brackish and freshwater environments. This species typically attains a length of 1.6 m (5.2 ft).

FUN FACT

Newborn sharks are found further inshore and in shallower water than adults, frequently roaming in large groups over areas flooded by high tide. 

FUN FACT

A shark’s skeleton is made up of cartilage, like the bendy bit in your nose!

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FUN FACT

A shark’s skeleton is made up of cartilage, like the bendy bit in your nose!

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The blacktip reef shark is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, easily identified by the prominent black tips on its fins (especially on the first dorsal fin and its caudal fin).

Among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this species prefers shallow, inshore waters. Its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in the region. Most blacktip reef sharks are found over reef ledges and sandy flats, though they have also been known to enter brackish and freshwater environments. This species typically attains a length of 1.6 m (5.2 ft).

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The blacktip reef shark is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, easily identified by the prominent black tips on its fins (especially on the first dorsal fin and its caudal fin).

Among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this species prefers shallow, inshore waters. Its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in the region. Most blacktip reef sharks are found over reef ledges and sandy flats, though they have also been known to enter brackish and freshwater environments. This species typically attains a length of 1.6 m (5.2 ft).

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FUN FACT

Newborn sharks are found further inshore and in shallower water than adults, frequently roaming in large groups over areas flooded by high tide. 

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FUN FACT

Newborn sharks are found further inshore and in shallower water than adults, frequently roaming in large groups over areas flooded by high tide. 

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