Black Tip Reef Shark
Scientific NameCarcharhinus melanopteruso
Native To Indo-Pacific and Mediterranean
Habitat Found 0-20 m (0-66 ft) deep, on lagoons and reef flats
Diet Sturgeon, grouper, mullet, squid, octopus and shrimp
Size and Age Up to 2.13 m (7 ft) long; average lifespan of 13 years
Black tip reef sharks are among the few species of shark that occasionally cooperate to catch prey. When these sharks find a school of reef fish, they’ll work together to circle their prey into a tight ball before attacking.
Like great whites and mako sharks, black tip reef sharks are also known for their ability to “breach,” or leap completely out of the water when attacking prey. The speed and force of these attacks can sometimes result in incredible acrobatic displays.