Friday, July 31, 2009

Whitetip Reef Shark

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Whitetip Reef Shark - Mamaru
(Triaenodon obesus)

Whitetip Reef Shark - Triaenodon obesus
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Throughout the Indopacific and Eastern Pacific, from East Africa to Mesoamerica

Lagoons and reefs

Whitetip reef sharks are nocturnal hunters, and are known to roam the reef at night in cooperative bands, drawing out hidden fish and crustaceans.

Quick Fact
Whitetip reef sharks are often encountered resting on the bottom.  They typically spend their days in caves, under coral ledges or in sand patches with low current, and can sometimes be found in large groups.

Learn More

- Moorea Biocode Database

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