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Blacktip Shark:

Appearance:

  • Dark, bluish-gray (young paler) back, with a distinctive whitish stripe on the flank
  • The inside tip of the pectoral fin is conspicuously black, as are the dorsal and anal fin tips, and lower lobe of caudal in young blacktips
  • First dorsal fin begins above the axil of pectoral fin
  • No middorsal ridge
  • Upper and lower teeth are serrated and nearly symmetrical 

Habitat:

Blacktips often come inshore in large schools, particularly in association with Spanish mackerel. Frequently the most common shark in clear-water cuts and along beaches in Florida and Bahamas.

Behavior:

State Record:

152 lbs. (blacktip).

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Blacktip sharks are sometimes caught by sportfishers off the beach or offshore They provide a good fight, often leaping out of the water.

Additional Information:


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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