Blacktip Shark

The blacktip shark is found in warm coastal waters around the world—where it often encounters people.

Habitat and Range

The animal frequents bays, estuaries, coral reefs, and the shallow waters off beaches and river mouths. During summer some top water shark fishing migrate to typically cooler waters, including those off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, while others stay put in warmer equatorial waters year-round. Blacktips have been observed to live in sexually segregated schools except during the mating season.

Leaping Ability and Diet

Blacktip sharks are sometimes spotted above the water. They leap above the surface, rotate several times, and splash down on their backs. This dramatic display is sometimes part of a stealthy feeding method they use to strike at schools of bony fishes near the water surface. The sharks hurl themselves at the fish from below. Blacktip sharks supplement their diets with skates, stingrays, squids, and some crustaceans. These sharks have also been known to follow fishing boats and feed on discarded bycatch.