Blacktip Reef Shark.
Carcharhinus melanopterus (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824), is a small shark measuring up to 1.8 m with a short, bluntly-rounded snout, oval eyes, and narrow-cusped teeth. There are 2 dorsal fins, no interdorsal ridge. Juveniles (<70 cm) are yellow-brown on the dorsal side, white on the ventral side; adults are brownish-gray on the dorsal side, white on the ventral side. All fins have conspicuous black or dark brown tips, and posterior dark edges on the pectoral fins and the upper lobe of the caudal fin. The prominent black tip of first dorsal fin contrasts with a light band below it; a conspicuous dark band on flanks, extending to the pelvic fins. Maximum weight: 24 kg; frequents depth ranges from shallows to 75 m.
The tiger shark is second only to the white shark in number of reported attacks on humans. Its large size and voraciousness make it a formidable predator in the ocean. Tiger sharks can be curious and aggressive towards humans in the water and must be considered with a great deal of respect. Do you think the wahine playing cow girl above has all her screws in tight?
Can I get a kiss? Those sharks are scary!