Blacktip Reef Shark
Facts about Blacktip Reef Shark, "Scientific name for Blacktip Reef Shark is Carcharhinus Limbatus". The Blacktip Reef Sharks get it name from its pointed snout, and the black tips of its fins – especially from its dorsal fin. The Blacktip Reef Shark species is considered as one of the extremely beautiful sharks in the Ocean, it is often seen by divers as it prefers shallow waters.
Physical Description of Blacktip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark is about 9 ft 5 in (2.89 meters) in length when fully grown, though it is usually about 5 ft (1.52 meters) in average. As adults they can weigh up to 28 pounds (12.7 kg).
Habitat of Blacktip Reef Shark
The Black-tip Reef generally prefers warm and shallow water close to the coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific and the Mediterranean Sea with depths of about 20 feet (6 meters). The Blacktip Reef Sharks is a tropical and subtropical fish that is mostly found in the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, including the Eastern and Western Pacific. The Blacktip Reef Shark prefer water temperatures of about 59°F to 75°F (15°C to 23.8 °C), so they mostly thrive in shallow waters or near the surface that have maximum depth of up to 230 feet (70 meters).
Social Life of Blacktip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef shark are considered to e very social species and they will be seen in larger groups and with a strong hierarchy.
The Blacktip Reef Shark is believed that a major reason for such group is the fact that they are very shy towards the other predators.
Hunting Behavior of Blacktip Reef Shark
Black-tip Reef sharks are very athletic and energetic hunters. Commonly associated with their spectacular technique of which they catapult their body from the waters and rotate three to four times before they fall back into the water. It is not very clear why the Blacktip Reef Shark exactly do so, but it is often associated with hunting. The Blacktip Reef Shark love hunting small fish example includes the smaller sharks, rays, groupers, herrings and sardines.
It is very important to note that Blacktip Reef Shark is easily spooked and when they are threatened they will form an S-Shaped figure with its body and roll from one side to another.
There are over 400 types of sharks, Sharks have the most powerful jaws on on earth. Blacktip Reef Sharks jaws, both the upper and lower jaws move. Blacktip Reef Sharks skin is made of denticles instead of scales like other fish. The denticles are constructed like hard, sharp teeth (tooth-like projection) and this helps to protect the Blacktip Reef Shark from being injury. The Blacktip Reef Shark is carnivores meaning: an animal that feeds on flesh (Meat).