Black Tip Reef Shark
The sharks live in Tropical Ocean Display Click here for more information.
The blacktip reef shark inhabits the waters of the Indo-Pacific coral reef distributional area. Adults rarely exceed 2 meters in length and often live in groups. However, it is possible to find isolated examples: often it is the case of females about to give birth. It has a rather shy and introverted nature; these sharks are rarely a danger to humans, even though they are attracted by the presence of divers who move about the coral reefs. They are typical in appearance of how humans imagine a shark to look, and can be seen at our big ocean tank.
Blacktip Reef Sharks have an average lifespan of 12 years. The Blacktip Reef Shark’s diet is composed primarily of small teleost fishes, including mullet, groupers, grunters, jacks, mojarras, wrasses, surgeonfish, and smelt-whitings.
Come and meet our newest arrival from Holland, Emmen a female Blacktip reef shark.
At Sea Life Great Yarmouth our interactive ocean tank is already home to 6 Blacktip reef sharks that are ‘first generation’ captive bred in Germany as part of an ongoing breeding programme.
Shark populations in the wild are drastically decreasing due to over-fishing, although Blacktips are not endangered they are near threatened, however reintroduction could be the only way to ensure healthy numbers of the species that is a vital link within the food chain.
She has joined the ‘Shark Nursery’ with future plans to achieve the Sea Life ‘s ‘second generation’ captive bred blacktip births for the very first time!