Whitetip Reef Shark

A whitetip Reef Shark swimming across the ref during the day. 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 extraimage1alt
Whitetip Reef Shark (triaenodon obesus) Indonesia

Credit: Alvaro Herrero

Sleeping Whitetip Reef Sharks at Gili Trawangan's Shark Point extraimage2alt
Whitetip Reef Sharks sleeping during the day

Credit: Alvaro Herrero

Whitetip Reef Shark swimming across the reef at Shark Point, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia extraimage3alt
Whitetip Reef Shark (triaenodon obesus) Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Credit: Alvaro Herrero

Whitetip Reef Shark Triaenodon obesus

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.

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

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