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).

Black Tip Reef Shark at St Andrews Aquarium

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.

Snap snap!

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!


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