Pacific Blacktip Reef Shark

(Carcharhinus melanopterus)

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IUCN Conservation Status
Vulnerable (VU)


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Size: 3-6.5 feet

Weight: 200-350 lbs.

Lifespan: Up to 25 years


Small reef fish and invertebrates


Pacific blacktip reef sharks are a moderately-sized species known for their brownish-gray bodies, short, rounded noses, and black and white on the tips of their first dorsal fin. Blacktips are daytime hunters, frequenting shallow water and reefs where they have been sighted out of the water as they “leap” over corals. These sharks feed primarily on reef-dwelling fish, crustaceans, cephalopods, and mollusks. Their curious nature and non-aggressive behavior make them a delight to encounter during underwater adventures! 

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