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Blacktip Reef Shark

Carcharhinus melanopterus


It is not uncommon to encounter this shark in the shallows, where its black-tipped fin pokes out of the water.

It is an active swimmer that must be continuously in motion to ensure that its gills receive enough circulating water for it to breathe.

With its nocturnal habits, it feeds on reef fish, small sharks, cephalopods and crustaceans, or even rotting carcasses.


It hits sexual maturity when it reaches 1 m in length. After mating, the embryo develops in viviparous (live-bearing) mode.

After eight to nine months of gestation, the female gives birth to two to five baby sharks measuring 30 to 50 cm each.

This shark is curious but relatively timid when it comes to divers and is not aggressive unless provoked. Divers have only reported a few minor bites.

This tropical species, present in the Red Sea, was introduced into the Mediterranean by the opening of the Suez Canal.



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