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Silvertip Shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus)
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Taxonomic name: Carcharhinus albimarginatus
The streamlined Silvertip Shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus) is one
of the most beautiful of all sharks. Silvertips are similar in appearance
to Grey Reef Sharks, having a clean tapered body and typical shark contours,
but their pectoral fins have bright silver tips as does the trailing edge
of the tail. The Grey Reef Shark has dark pectoral tips and rear tail
edge. The Silvertip is grey with a bronzy sheen becoming lighter as it
blends into a pure white belly. The tips of the dorsal fins are always
white; confusingly this is sometimes the case with the Grey Reef Shark,
Silvertips can become frisky when baited but, like all sharks, they prefer
to keep some distance from swimmers. Females carry up to 11 young for
12 months before giving birth during the summer. The perfectly formed
55-80 cm pups grow to an adult size of 2 m, living on a diet of tropical
fish which they hunt among the reefs.