Family – Carcharhinidae Genus – Carcharhinus Species – limbatus. Common Names. The blacktip shark gets its name from its distinctive black. Geographic Range. The blacktip shark is widespread in all tropical and subtropical continental waters. These waters include: the Western Atlantic Ocean . Learn more about the Blacktip shark – with amazing Blacktip shark videos, photos and facts on Arkive.
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Their first dorsal fin is slightly posterior back from their pectoral fins and high on the midsection of their backs with limbatjs narrow, pointed tip. This species does not have an interdorsal ridge. They are dark gray or blue to brown on their dorsal upper sides with white ventral under sides and a white band across their flanks.
Their pectoral fins, first and second dorsal fins, pelvic fins, and lower caudal tail lobe are black tipped, although the dark coloring tends to fade with age. Their anal fins do not have black tips, unlike the similar spinner sharkswhich often develops black tips on their anal fins as they mature.
The maximum reported length of blacktip sharks is 2. Carvharhinus maximum age of blacktips is thought to be at least 12 years. Blacktip sharks are found in tropical and carcharhihus coastal, shelf, and island waters in the Atlantic, where they migrate seasonally between Brazil and Nova Scotia; the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, throughout the Mediterranean, and along the central West coast of Africa.
Blacktip sharks can be carcharhius in both inshore and offshore waters, but they tend to stay close to the coasts at cadcharhinus of 30 m or less. They are often seen near river mouths, bays, and mangrovesalthough they do not penetrate far into freshwater like bull sharks. Blacktip sharks feed on small schooling fishes such as herring, sardines, menhaden, mullet, and anchovies, but also eats catfishes, groupers, jacks carcharhijus, snook, porgies, grunts, croakers, flatfishes, triggerfish, and porcupine fish.
They are known to feed on other elasmobranch species such as dogfishessharpnose sharksyoung dusky sharksskatesand stingrays.
Crustaceans and squids are also prey for blacktip sharks. Like spinner sharksblacktips have been observed leaping and spinning out of the water, which is likely a feeding behavior.
Blacktips attack schools from below at high speed while snapping their jaws to capture prey. Blacktip sharks are viviparousmeaning they give birth to live, free-swimming young and nourish them during gestation with a placental sac.
Males reach sexual maturity between 1. Gestation lasts months followed by birthing in shallow waters during warmer months. Litter sizes range from pups, which remain in the shallow nursing grounds for the first few years to avoid predation.
Size at birth is 72 cm. In the western North Atlantic this species has long been important in the recreational fishery and now is a primary target of the directed commercial fishery along the southeast coast from South Carolina to Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico Branstetter and Burgess It is the second most important commercially landed species in that region after the Sandbar Shark Carcharhinus plumbeus and its meat is considered superior to the latter species.
In the USA, other carcharhinid meat is often sold under the name “Blacktip Shark” because of wide consumer preference for the product.
It is a significant constituent of the substantial Mexican shark catch, from both Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Elsewhere, it is the most commonly caught species in the large Indian fishery Hanfeeoccasionally caught in the Mediterranean Sea driftnet fishery Walker et al.
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In Australia, it represents a minor component of the shark catch in northern Australia Last and Stevens Blacktip Shark meat is primarily consumed locally and fins are dried and shipped to carcbarhinus Far East where they are used in preparing shark-fin soup.
In some areas the hides are utilised in preparing carcharhibus and the livers are used to extract oil. In Australia, it is one of a suite of species that is collectively managed in the limited-entry fishery of northern Australia Simpfendorfer pers. A keystone species in the US Atlantic directed shark fishery, it similarly is managed through a management plan that addresses the entire group of species represented in the fishery.
At the time of this writing, species-specific management of the Blacktip Shark in the region was forthcoming. Blacktip sharks in the Caribbean are a popular tourist attraction during shark feeding dives along with other species such as Caribbean reef sharks. None of the bites resulted in death. Start or join a discussion about this species below or send us an email to report any errors or submit suggestions for this page.
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