blacktip shark

noun black·tip shark \ ˈblak-ˌtip- \
variants: or blacktip or less commonly black-tipped shark play \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

First Known Use of blacktip shark

1916


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