Black tip reef shark
Carcharhinus melanopterus

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Range and habitat:
The black tip reef shark is native to shallow coral reef areas in the Red Sea and the Indo-Pacific region.

Natural diet:
They primarily eat fish, but they are known to eat squid and other large marine invertebrates.

Size / weight range:
Black tip reef sharks grow to 7 feet and 100 pounds.

Interesting facts:
As with most sharks, the black tip reef shark is at risk from global fisheries. They can be caught as a by-catch in large nets, or specifically targeted for their fins (which are used in shark fin soup – a very wasteful practice). These sharks give live birth to their young, as opposed to laying eggs.

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