blacktip shark

black·​tip shark | \ ˈblak-ˌtip- How to pronounce blacktip shark (audio) \
variants: or blacktip or less commonly black-tipped shark \ ˈblak-​ˌtipt-​ How to pronounce black-tipped shark (audio) \

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

Examples of blacktip shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But experts say blacktip sharks, not great whites, are most often responsible for bites. CBS News, "3 shark attacks at the same Florida beach within 24 hours," 5 Aug. 2019 Snorkelers can expect to share the turquoise waters with blacktip sharks. 2. Kelli Bender,, "Up-Close and Personal Shark Encounters that Shark Week Fans Can Safely Enjoy All Year," 24 July 2019 The International Shark Attack File says that blacktip sharks are responsible for 20% of unprovoked shark attacks in Florida since 1926 -- but that is still a very small number. David Williams, CNN, "Helicopter spots sharks just a few feet away from swimmers at Daytona Beach," 2 July 2019 It's even been seen in sharks and rays that are in the care of humans, including sawfish, blacktip sharks, leopard sharks and several other types. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "VIRGIN BIRTH! Stingray gives birth to 'Darth Vader' after cloning herself in scientific phenomenon," 30 Aug. 2018 Current Time 0:00 / Duration 2:29 Crowd gathers at Texas' Surfside Beach to watch woman reel in 6-foot shark Advertisement Lauren Biggers, 29, reeled in a 6-foot blacktip shark on Surfside Beach just south of Galveston, Texas. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Model swam with sharks. One bite and six stitches later, she says she’d do it again," 11 July 2018 More than 10,000 blacktip sharks have parked themselves a few hundred feet off the coast of Palm Beach, FL for the winter, according to ABC News. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "There Are Thousands of Sharks Off the Coast of Palm Beach," 16 Feb. 2016 Kajiur says that aerial photos like the one above (all of those dark dots are sharks) might be jarring, lifeguards haven't shut down area beaches and blacktip sharks are generally skitting around humans. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "There Are Thousands of Sharks Off the Coast of Palm Beach," 16 Feb. 2016 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

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Blacktip shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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