Blacktip Reef Shark

Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)
Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) swimming away from a diver

Credit: Johan Folmeus

Blacktip Reef Shark Carcharhinus melanopterus

The Blacktip Reef Shark is a wonderful species to see when diving or snorkelling. Although not large (1.5 metres long on average) they have the proportions of a 'proper shark' which makes them look really cool. Sadly, they're quite shy of humans, although not a threat at all. They are commonly seen in shallow water, but will stay away from divers and snorkellers and disappear if you approach them. They're found in shallow warm waters of the Indo Pcific region. However, each individual does not travel far from where it feels is its home. They give birth to live young (pups).

Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Chondrichthyes: Cartilaginous fish
Order: Carcharhiniformes (Ground Sharks)
Family: Carcharhinidae (Requiem sharks)
Genus: Carcharhinus (Carcharhinus)
Species: Carcharhinus melanopterus
Average Size: 1.5 metres

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