ALEXIS ROSENFELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALEXIS ROSENFELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) swimming near the surface of the water. The light underside makes them less visible against the sky. The upper side is darker, making them less visible against the sea floor. These sharks are found in shallow coastal waters, often around reefs, singly or in small groups. They hunt fish, but also feed on crustaceans as well as molluscs such as squid and octopus. They can reach lengths of 2 metres. C. melanopterus is found in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. Photographed off Moorea Island, French Polynesia, in the Pacific Ocean.
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