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Carcharhinus melanopterus

The blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae. It’s famous for the prominent black tips on its fins. Among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical, coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this species prefers shallow, inshore waters. Its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in the region.

Most people spot these sharks over reef ledges and sandy flats. However, these sharks also enter brackish and freshwater environments.

Blacktip reef sharks have extremely small ranges. They exhibit strong site fidelity, remaining within the same local area for up to several years at a time.

Timid and skittish, the blacktip reef shark is difficult to approach. For this reason, it seldom poses a danger to humans unless roused by food. However, people wading through shallow water are at risk of having their legs mistakenly bitten.

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