Black Tip Shark: Charcharhinus limbatus
Dark gray, dusky bronze, or ashy blue above, the blacktip's trim body is pure white or yellowish white below, with a band of dark upper color extending backward along each side, and the pale color of its lower parts extending forward. Its pectoral fins are black-tipped. The dorsal and anal fins and the lower lobe of the tail fin are black-tipped in the young, but the color usually fades with age. Its eye is catlike: greeninsh yellow, bisected by a black band. The conspicuously black-tipped fins of this shark are often seen in tropical and subtropical seas. Fishermen have watched groups of blacktip sharks, Charcharhinus limbatus, soaring upward in the sea to hit a school of prey from below. Occasionally, a shark will leap into the air, somersault, and fall back into the sea. The antics seem to accompany feeding, which the swift, gregarious sharks turn into a frenzy.
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Black Tip Shark, Charcharhinus limbatus Statistics:
Weight: Up to 500 Lbs.
Length: Up to 10 Ft.
Sexual Maturity: 2 - 3 years
Mating: Late Spring or Early Winter.
Number of Young: 2 - 4 pups
Gestation Period: 16 months.
Typical Diet: Smaller fishes, such as menhaden in the Atlantic and sardines in the Pacific, and Stingrays, whose stingers
are found embedded in the sharks' jaws
Distribution: Worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters.
Danger to Humans:
Blamed for at least one nonfatal attack; considered potentially dangerous, especially around spear fisherman carrying fish.