Apr 10, 2012

Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)


Did you know?

That more sharks are eaten by people than people eaten by sharks? The blacktip shark is generally sold fresh (fillets), can be dried, salted, smoked or frozen. The fins are prized as shark fin soup, by markets that are decimating shark populations worldwide. They are also wanted by the liver as a source of oil.

The blacktip shark is a smaller species of shark that measures up to 1.8 meters and reaches a maximum body weight of 24 kg. It has a short snout, rounded, oval eyes, and narrow teeth. It has 2 dorsal fins and no interdorsal crest. The color of juvenile sharks is yellow-brown above and white below. Adults are gray-brown on the dorsal side, white on the belly. All fins have black tips colored or dark brown, and dark trailing edges on the pectoral fins and the upper lobe of the tail fin. The prominent black tip of the first dorsal fin contrasts with a clear band below it, a dark band visible on the flanks, extending to the pelvic fins. The black tips may fade with age. These sharks are found singly or in small groups. They are viviparous. After a gestation period of 10 months gave birth to a litter of 2-4 pups. The litter size at birth is 33-52 cm. For food, this shark prefers reef fish, but also eat rays, crustaceans and molluscs.   

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