Triaenodon obesus (Whitetip reef shark)
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Triaenodon obesus (Whitetip reef shark) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A small, slender grey shark with an extremely
short, broad, snout, oval eyes, 1st dorsal fin behind pectorals, 2nd
dorsal nearly as large as first, conspicuous white tips on the 1st
dorsal and upper caudal fin, and no interdorsal ridge. Underside
lighter, sometimes dark spots on sides.
To 2.1 m TL.
East coast, northern Natal and Mozambique; tropical Indian Ocean and
Inshore in shallow, clear waters, often on coral
reefs at 8 to 40 m.
Bears 1 to 5 young. Eats a variety of
bony reef fishes, also octopi, lobsters and crabs. Easily extracts
fish and other prey from holes and crevices in reefs, but not adept
at capturing pelagic fishes.
Very timid, usually flees
when approached by divers.