Black Tip Reef Sharks
Black Tip Reef Sharks (carcharhinus melanopterus) are easily identified by the prominent black tips on their fins (particularly on the dorsal fin).
Native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans they enjoy shallow, inshore waters and feast on small bony fish, cephalods, sea snakes crustaceans and even seabirds.
Our Black Tip Reef Shark is still just a baby (only a couple of years old) and he can be shy, nervous and difficult to approach.
He will rarely pose a danger to humans (unless roused by food), and because of his small size, he's not quite as frightening as he would be if he had reached his full size which can be as long as 1.6 metres! He will, however, grow.....
If you were to go wading in his tank you would run the risk of having your legs mistakenly bitten.
Our Shark on Film
4 Fast & Fishy Shark Factoids
Factoid Number One
Black Tip Reef Sharks don't have true bones like other fish, they have cartilage which is lighter and allows them to bend in really tight circles.
Factoid Number Two
Sharks sink unless they keep swimming forward.
Factoid Number Three
Sharks have an extra sense that is able to detect tiny electic fields. They can use this to find buried food or search for other animals.
Factoid Number Four
Did you know Black Tip Reef Sharks can replace their teeth constantly!