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Blacktip Shark

posted: 04/29/14
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Blacktip Shark
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Blacktip Shark

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Swimming in schools in tropical shallow waters all over the globe. In the United States on the East Coast, as far up as Massachusetts and as far down as Texas. On the West Coast, in California and Hawaii. North Carolina and Texas. Also, Africa, Australia and Brazil.

What I Like to Eat: Reef fish, shrimp and crabs.

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: Of the entire shark family, we are considered the harmless ones by you humans. There haven't been many documented attacks on swimmers by us

How I Got My Name: The black tips on my dorsal and fins are a dead giveaway.

Description: We are large, grey sharks with a pointy snout. Our eyes are tiny and our teeth are narrow. Our bellies are white and our backs are dark. These body colors allow us to camouflage ourselves on the ocean floor.

Maturation: We reach adulthood at about five years old and can live to be more than 10 years old.

Jumpers: During a feeding frenzy, we have the ability to jump high out of the waters.

My Biggest Threat: Commercial fishermen are causing our numbers to drop even though we are not on the endangered species list. To humans, our meat is a cash cow and our fins are shipped to the Far East where they are used to make shark-fin soup.

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