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White-Tip Reef Shark
Triaenodon obesus
175 cm


Where White-Tip Reef Sharks are found. Map from GBIF.
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Lifestyle
If you saw me during the day, you might think I was harmless. That's when I rest, usually in a cave or under a coral ledge. But I am nocturnal. That means at night I am active and I hunt for food. I will chase after my prey at great speeds and I won't let anything get in my way! I usually hunt alone, but sometimes I will hunt with other reef sharks.
Fun Facts
I am the most common shark on a reef. I may be smaller and less ferocious than the Tiger shark, but I am still a top predator on the reef. I have very thick, tough skin, a flat head, and a dorsal fin on my back that is far away from my head. You might think this isn't very important, but because of these three things I can stick my head into gaps in the hard coral and other tight spots to find food. Not many animals can hide from me!
Menu
I love meat! I eat lobsters, octopi, and medium to large fish. Because I only eat other animals, I am a carnivore.
Threats
Humans are our biggest threats. People hunt us for our meat and our liver. If humans kill too many of us, we could disappear from reefs. Some people kill us because they are afraid of us. We white-tip sharks are not dangerous to humans! We don't like to eat you because we think fish and other ocean creatures are more delicious than you!
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