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Scalloped hammerhead

Scalloped hammerhead

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Whitespotted wedgefish

Whitespotted wedgefish

Ocellated eagle ray

Ocellated eagle ray

Flapnose ray

Flapnose ray

Whitetail stingray

Whitetail stingray

Round ribbontail ray

Round ribbontail ray

Leopard whipray

Leopard whipray

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Giant grouper

Giant grouper

Atlantic Goliath Grouper

Atlantic Goliath Grouper

Bowmouth guitarfish

Bowmouth guitarfish

Giant moray

Giant moray

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Zebra shark

Zebra shark

Spotted wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Brownbanded bambooshark

Brownbanded bambooshark

Epaulette shark

Epaulette shark

Longspined porcupinefish

Longspined porcupinefish

Golden trevally

Golden trevally

Blackside hawkfish

Blackside hawkfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Green moray

Green moray

Common blue-strips snapper

Common blue-strips snapper

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Raccoon butterflyfish

Raccoon butterflyfish

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Orbicular batfish

Orbicular batfish

Bignose unicornfish

Bignose unicornfish

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Yellowbar angelfish

Yellowbar angelfish

King angelfish

King angelfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Snubnose pompano

Snubnose pompano

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Dark-banded fusilier

Dark-banded fusilier

Potato grouper

Potato grouper

Great barracuda

Great barracuda

Indo-pacific tarpon

Indo-pacific tarpon

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Facts

LatinCarcharhinus melanopterus
Size330 cm
FoodFish, large crustaceans and cephalopods
HabitatThe blacktip reef shark is found along coasts at depths of 20-75 meters. At high tide, the blacktip reef shark heads towards the coast. Young reef sharks live on the sandy bottom in large groups. Adult reef sharks prefer to swim near the coral reefs.
IUCN

Least concern

The blacktip reef shark is not endangered. But it is under observation by the UICN.

LocationHallow, tropical areas of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
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A classic shark

The blacktip reef shark is a classic shark. You can recognise it by the black tips on its fins and its distinctive torpedo shape. In the Ocean Tank, you can see it swimming very close to the water's surface. In the south, it is often the blacktip reef shark that swims close to the coastline, creating panic on the shore.

A fantastic hunter

The blacktip reef shark has a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth. You would think that its favourite prey would be large animals, but it prefers shoal fish such as herring and sardines. Once in a while it also catches larger fish, small sharks and cuttlefish. When the blacktip reef shark is on the hunt it can reach speeds of up to 45 km/h.

Mating

When blacktip reef sharks mate, they position themselves very close to one another with the male's snout pointing toward the female's vent and the body at a 45 degree angle. When the mood strikes, their bodies move in synchronised waves.

Old fish with soft bones

Sharks have been on Earth for at least 400 million years. Today's sharks, like the original sharks, have a cartilaginous skeleton and belong to the class of cartilaginous fishes along with rays. Cartilage is a light and flexible material that humans also have, for example in the outer ear and the tip of the nose. Most other fish have skeletons made of bone, like humans. They are called bony fish.

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