#5424 Blacktip Reef Shark - Antwerp Zoo (Belgium)
Blacktip Reef Shark at Antwerp Zoo, also known as Zoo Antwerpen or Zoo d'Anvers (Belgium)
The Blacktip Reef Shark is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, easily identified by the prominent black tips on its fins (especially on the first dorsal fin and its caudal fin). Among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this species prefers shallow, inshore waters. Its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in the region. Most Blacktip Reef Sharks are found over reef ledges and sandy flats, though they have also been known to enter brackish and freshwater environments. Under most circumstances, the Blacktip Reef Shark has a timid demeanor and is easily frightened away by swimmers. However, its inshore habitat preferences bring it into frequent contact with humans, and thus it is regarded as potentially dangerous.