Blacktip Reef Shark

Blacktip Reef Shark

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The blacktip reef shark gets its name from the prominent black tips on its fins. These sharks are relatively common on tropical Indo-Pacific coral reefs in shallow, coastal waters. At the surface, it’s easy to spot their exposed first dorsal fins. They can grow to be about 7 feet, but a blacktip’s average length is a little more than 5 feet. Its maximum weight is about 30 pounds.

Blacktip Reef Sharks are usually timid and skittish, their shy behaviour can make it difficult to get close to them while scuba diving unbaited. At some destinations Blacktip pups can been seen hunting in the shallows right by the shore, they use they land to trap the small fish before striking.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed the blacktip reef shark as Near Threatened.

Why not take a look at our ‘Dive & Stay’ and ‘Liveaboard’ adventures where you can encounter this animal by clicking on the tabs on the left.