Reef shark

Reef shark

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) with plastic sheeting in its mouth. It may have attempted to eat the plastic, mistaking it for prey. Such an accident can be fatal, and deaths due to pollution account for many animal deaths every year. This reef shark inhabits the warm waters of the Indo-Pacific region. It is primarily a nocturnal hunter, feeding on fish and cephalopods such as squid. It is aggressive when threatened, and has been known to attack swimmers and divers. Photographed at the Rangiroa Atoll in French Polynesia.

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