BREED,
RESCUE,
PROTECT

Black Tip Reef Shark Breeding & Research

SEA LIFE coordinates the European breeding program for the black tip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus), currently monitoring 199 black tip reef sharks across 42 European aquariums for the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA).

 

By building a strong, genetically healthy captive population, we aim to safeguard the future of wild populations, and contribute to the research being done into the reproductive biology and life history of this fascinating species.

There are a number of SEA LIFE led scientific papers being published, built on the data and learnings of our black tip breeding program.

Species Fact

 Some black tip reef sharks can be 2 metres long!

COOL FACT

The number of teeth a shark grows and uses during its lifetime can be enormous – some sharks use up over 30,000 teeth in their lifetime!

Species Fact

 Some black tip reef sharks can be 2 metres long!

Species Fact

 Some black tip reef sharks can be 2 metres long!

COOL FACT

The number of teeth a shark grows and uses during its lifetime can be enormous – some sharks use up over 30,000 teeth in their lifetime!

COOL FACT

The number of teeth a shark grows and uses during its lifetime can be enormous – some sharks use up over 30,000 teeth in their lifetime!