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Blacktip reef shark swimming over reef (00018500)

Schwarzspitzen-Riffhai/Blacktip reef shark/Carcharhinus melanopterus        Blacktip reef shark swim

Description: Schwarzspitzen-Riffhai/Blacktip reef shark/Carcharhinus melanopterus

Blacktip reef shark swimming over reef

The Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) is easily identified by the prominent black tips on its fins. Among the most abundant Sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this species prefers shallow, inshore waters and its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in tropical and subtropical waters. Most Blacktip Reef Sharks are found over reef ledges and sandy flats, though they have also been known to enter brackish and freshwater environments. Younger Sharks prefer shallow sandy flats, while older sharks are most common around reef ledges and can also be found near reef Drop-Offs. This species typically attains a length of up to 1.6 m (5.2 ft).Its diet is composed primarily of small fish, squid, sometimes seabirds or other small Sharks.


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