A small-medium sized shark with recognizable black fin tips with white highlights. Blacktip reef sharks are abundant on coral reefs, making them a popular species in reef and dive tourism.
Coloration is gray-brown, with a lighter belly, a white stripe down its side, and black tipped fins
Snout is short, wide, and rounded
Eyes are oval
Blacktip reef sharks are part of the requiem shark family, a term used to describe a family of sixty species. Typically, these species are migratory, live bearing, live in warm waters and in general are implicated the most in attacks on humans.
While a part of that family, blacktip reef sharks are typically not migratory animals and tend to spends the majority of any given year within the same 0.12 square mile (0.3 square kilometer) area. They are also generally timid and shy, unless provoked with food, and as one of the most abundant sharks found on tropical coral reefs, have become an important species for the dive industry.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the blacktip reef shark population as Near Threatened due to small litter sizes, long gestational periods, and the impact fisheries can have on this population. Near threatened populations are those that are considered to be at high-risk of extinction in the near future.
35 to 48 inches (90 to 120 centimeters)
Fish and occasionally crustaceans, cephalopods, and other mollusks
Persian Gulf, Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago