blacktip shark

black·​tip shark | \ˈblak-ˌtip- \
variants: or blacktip or less commonly black-tipped shark \ ˈblak-​ˌtipt-​ \

Definition of blacktip shark 

: a small, grayish requiem shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) with black-tipped fins that is widely distributed in coastal tropical and subtropical seas The vast majority of shark bites are from so-called hit-and-run attacks by smaller species, such as blacktip sharks. They mistake thrashing arms or dangling feet as a prey item, dart in, bite and let go when they realize it's not a fish.— Tim Friend

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According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, blacktip sharks are common along the Gulf Coast. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Sizable shark caught off beach along Surfside," 9 July 2018 Experts with Florida Atlantic University published data in late winter showing blacktip sharks were less inclined to migrate to Florida for the winter, because waters off the east coast are warmer than decades ago. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Bull sharks 'colonize' NC's Pamlico Sound, prompting ominous predictions for humans | Charlotte Observer," 16 Apr. 2018 Water temperatures determine where blacktip sharks wind up, Kajiura said in a statement. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Just in time for Spring Break, experts say more sharks are wintering off Carolinas | Charlotte Observer," 13 Mar. 2018 For instance, the blacktip shark shared some identical sequences with the grey reef shark along the DNA stretch used in our study. Smithsonian, "Scientists Have a New Way of Knowing How Many Sharks Are in the Sea," 4 May 2018 Australia's Great Barrier Reef is heralded for its biodiversity: The colorful clusters of coral and wisps of islands stretch 1,400 miles, home to white and orange clown fish, the blacktip shark, humpback whales and hundreds of other species. NBC News, "Scope of Great Barrier Reef's massive coral bleaching alarms scientists," 21 Apr. 2018 That's why the blacktip sharks, just like cod, dogfish, and a host of other fish species, are moving north to get more comfortable—and follow their food supply. National Geographic, "More Sharks Ditching Annual Migration as Ocean Warms," 8 Mar. 2018 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission currently allows for recreational fishing of blacktip sharks but limits catch to one shark per person per day. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Watch a Shark Rescued From a Line by Daring Beachgoers," 1 Mar. 2017 The atoll is a nature sanctuary that lures bird watchers (for parrots and seabirds like the great frigate and noddy) as well as snorkelers and divers that come to see colorful parrotfish, blacktip sharks, bonefish, and nesting turtles. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Brando," 20 Oct. 2017

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