Thursday, January 28, 2010
Black Tip Reef Shark, Carcharhinus limbatus. Not a man eater I say. Seriously, they're not...mostly small fish, squid, shellfish...and an occasional bird or two. They might accidentally bite someone wading in shallow water, but only by accident. Hmmm...what does limbatus mean anyhow? ;-P
They are fished for meat, liver oil and fins and are considered "near threatened." It is one of the more common sharks you'll see swimming over deeper reefs although I've never seen one in shallow water. Of course, that might have something to do with people eating them and the fact that they are somewhat territorial [takes a while for a new shark to move into a given territory].