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- Blacktip reef sharks are a species of requiem shark and are found in shallow, tropical
waters in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
- They are relatively small, typically growing to a length of 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters).
- They are named after the distinctive black tips on their dorsal fins, which are visible
above the water’s surface.
- Blacktip reef sharks are fast and agile swimmers, capable of reaching speeds of up to 20
miles per hour (32 kilometers per hour).
- They are carnivorous and feed on a variety of small fish, crustaceans, and cephalopods.
- These sharks are social animals and can often be found in large groups in areas with
abundant food sources.
- Blacktip reef sharks are not typically a threat to humans, and there have been no
recorded fatalities from their bites. However, caution should still be exercised when
swimming near them.
- These sharks are viviparous, meaning that they give birth to live young rather than lay eggs. Ovoviviparous sharks produce eggs that are hatched INSIDE the body of the parent.
- Despite being a common sight in the waters around coral reefs, blacktip reef sharks are
considered “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN) due to overfishing, habitat loss, and pollution.
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