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Saltwater Fish Identification

White Tip Shark
Triaenodon obesus


   
Common Name(s):

White Tip Reef Shark, White Tip Shark

Description:

This small shark is relatively slender with a broad flattened head. The snout is broadly rounded and eyes are horizontally oval. Along with a down-slanted mouth, the prominent brow ridges give this shark a permanent "disgusted" expression to its face. The first dorsal fin originates well behind the free rear tips of the pectoral fins. The second dorsal fin is large, but smaller than the first dorsal. The pectoral fins are broad and triangular in shape. The anal fin is about as large as the second dorsal fin. There is no interdorsal ridge and lateral keels on the caudal penduncle are lacking.

Similar Fish:

Similar in looks to other sharks except smaller and white tips on fins.

Feeding Habits:

The White Tip Shark feeds primarily on octopus, lobster, crab, and bony fish.

Range:

This shark has a wide range in the Pacific Ocean reaching Hawaii in its northern limits.

Habitat:

The Whitetip Reef Shark typically lives along the bottom in clear, shallow waters surrounding coral reefs. It has been reported at depths to 1,083 feet.

Typical Size:

This shark reaches a length of up to 7 feet and 35-40 pounds.

World Record:

40 pounds, 4 ounces (IGFA)


 



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