Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus)

IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened

Found in warm-temperate, subtropical, and tropical waters worldwide

This species is seen in waters off of beaches, and in bays, estuaries, coral reefs, and river mouths

Blacktips eat primarily bony fishes, and also crustaceans such as shrimp and crabs

Populations in southern USA and South Africa exist with males and females in segregated groups of the population

Blacktip reproduction is placental viviparity (Quiz! Do you remember what this is?), and females produce 4-11 pups per liter, with gestation lasting 11-12 months

Females have a 1 year rest after reproducing, which makes their reproductive cycles 2-years

Pups are born at 1.7- 2 feet (53-65 cm) total length

Adults reach up to 9 feet (275 cm) total length

Found near inshore waters, with inshore nursery areas, which makes this species particularly vulnerable to fishing and habitat alteration

Frequently caught in recreational and commercial fisheries

Fins are highly marketable, and meat is desirable for consumption

Known for the behavior of jumping from the water and rotating in the air

Often confused with the spinner shark, owing to this behavior and a very similar morphology!