Blacktip reef shark, Whitetip reef shark and diver
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.
The whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) is a small shark usually not exceeding 1.6 m in length. This species is easily recognizable by its slender body, short but broad head and its white-tipped dorsal and caudal fins. It is one of the most common sharks found on Indo-Pacific coral reefs. Typically the whitetip reef shark it is found on or near the bottom in clear water, at a depth of 8â€“40 m.