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Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)

The Blacktip Reef Shark or Carcharhinus melanopterus is often confused with the much more aggressive Blacktip Shark. The Blacktip Reef Shark is found in shallow waters in the Indo-Pacific, normally around reefs, hence the name. This shark also gets its name from the fact that the tips of its pectoral and dorsal fins are distinctly black. The Blacktip Reef Shark is not normally considered to be dangerous because it can only grow up to 2 m (6.5 ft) in length and weigh in at just over 99 lbs (45 kg). Even so, there have been reports of this shark taking a bite out of someone if provoked. This shark like the Great White Shark is one of the few sharks that can jump fully out of the water! This amazing jumping ability is called breaching. For more information about the Blacktip Reef Shark have a look at this video...




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