Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Whitetip Reef Shark

The Whitetip Reef Shark is a shy species of shark that sleeps in the day and hunts at night. Divers can often find them sleeping under coral bommies. They don't need to swim all the time, and often sleep in groups. Whitetips are no threat to humans, and tend to swim away if approached. They can be found in warm seas around the globe, and at depths from 10 metres and deeper. During the night they often hunt in packs across the reef.

A whitetip Reef Shark swimming across the ref during the day.
Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus) at Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Credit: Emmy Ahlen
Whitetip Reef Shark swimming freely at Manta Point, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Whitetip Reef Shark (triaenodon obesus) Indonesia
Credit: Alvaro Herrero
Sleeping Whitetip Reef Sharks at Gili Trawangan's Shark Point
Whitetip Reef Sharks sleeping during the day
Credit: Alvaro Herrero
Whitetip Reef Shark swimming across the reef at Shark Point, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Whitetip Reef Shark (triaenodon obesus) Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Credit: Alvaro Herrero
Whitetip Reef Shark Triaenodon obesus
Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Chondrichthyes: Cartilaginous fish
Order: Carcharhiniformes (Ground Sharks)
Family: Carcharhinidae (Requiem sharks)
Genus: Triaenodon (Triaenodon )
Species: Triaenodon obesus
Average Size: 1.5 metres

No Troubles Just Bubbles' divers who recently saw Whitetip Reef Shark

Spotted in: Indonesia Indonesia
Diving from boat: Komodo Sea Dragon
Trip destinations: Komodo
When: May 2023
Spotted in: Thailand Thailand
Diving from boat: Manta Queen 7
Trip destinations: Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
When: Apr 2023
Spotted in: Maldives Maldives
Diving from boat: MV Emperor Serenity
Trip destinations: North Male Atoll, South Male Atoll, Ari Atoll, Rasdhoo Atoll, Vaavu Atoll
When: Dec 2022

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Ismael Dabila
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