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The blacktip reef shark is an Indo-Pacific species found from the Red Sea and East Africa to Hawaii and French Polynesia. It has also reached the eastern Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal. This shark prefers shallow, inshore waters on coral reefs and intertidal reef flats. It also moves in and out of mangroves with the tidal flow.
This shark preys upon the abundant fish and invertebrates in these areas and often can be seen pursuing them into very shallow water with its dorsal fin protruding above the surface. The blacktip reef shark can reach five feet in length, and, although aggressive, it is not particularly dangerous to humans.
Visit the Ocean Voyager gallery and watch for the blacktip reef sharks swimming above you near the surface.