In this section we have lumped together
a number of sharks commonly refereed to as reef sharks. These group
comprises several sharks that are actually separate kinds of sharks.
Blacktip Reef Shark
The Blacktip reef shark is a common reef shark with distinctive black markings on the ends of its fins and a blunt snout, usually a small shark less than a meter and a half. A fast and active reef shark that favors tropical and sub-tropical waters. This shark favors shallow areas on the Red Sea and on Indo-Pacific reefs, as well as the east coast of Africa. Reaching a maximum size of about 7 feet, It is frequently encountered by divers and is generally considered not dangerous to humans. It has been implicated in some accidental attacks against swimmers. The Blacktip Reef Shark is also common in aquariums.
Caribbean Reef Shark
This is a common reef shark in the Bahamas and Caribbean, and is also known in the Florida Keys. Growing to approximately nine feet in length, larger specimens of Caribbean reef sharks are considered dangerous, and have been implicated in several attacks. Divers should use standard practices of "respecting" these sharks, and they should not be provoked, harassed, or followed. With a range from Florida to Brazil, their numbers have been depleted by fishing in some areas,- abundant in the Bahamas. These Caribbean Reef Sharks are safe enough for diving, but they provide a good reason for divers on shark feeding dives to keep hands their hands safely tucked away!
Grey Reef Shark
Usually found in the Red Sea, these sharks are considered more aggressive than most, and when provoked, have been known to take the "hunched back" display. Grey Reef Sharks should never be harassed or followed, because provoking them may activate what seems to be their territorial instinct.
Silvertip Reef Shark
In the western Indian Ocean region, the silvertip shark is found in the Red Sea and off East Africa, including but not limited to Madagascar, the Chagos Archipelago, and the Seychelles. Its range is from the western Pacific Ocean including southern Japan to northern Australia, as well as French Polynesia. It is also known to occur in the central Pacific, and from southern Baja, California, Mexico to Colombia, including the Galapagos Islands. This shark is made conspicuous by the white edges on all of its fins, and it is considered dangerous as well as a powerful and active predator, constantly patrolling the Red Sea and on Indo-Pacific coral reefs.
Whitetip Reef Shark
As its name would suggest, this shark is known by the white tips on its fins. Also common in the Red Sea and Indo-Pacific, this shark is smaller than the silver-tip, and is very listless during the daytime, hiding in crevices and under the reefs. This shark is generally not considered dangerous. With a maximum length of about nine feet, this shark is more active at night.
sharks have a global habitat
Great White Sharks
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There are several different types
of sharks referred to as hammerheads, for example, there is the Winghead
Shark, the Scalloped Hammerhead, the Great Hammerhead, and the Smooth
Hammerhead, ranging in size from 5 feet up to 15 feet long, with rare
appearances of individuals (in the case of the Great Hammerhead) of up to
20 feet long!
Sand Tiger Sharks
The Sand Tiger is yet another
species with an undeserved bad reputation. It's
ferocious reputation is based on the fact that this shark is frequently
guilty of attacks
Few sharks can rival the beauty and
classic shark "form" of the Galapagos Shark. Getting it's
name from it's original discovery in waters off of
The whale shark is the largest
known fish in the sea, reaching a massive size in excess of 40 feet in
length! It can weigh as much as ten tons!
Since they frequently feed in relatively shallow waters around reefs, free diving
or scuba diving with this fish is possible.
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