Not just Shark
Pictures: Elasmodiver contains photos of sharks, skates, rays, and
chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web
based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to
encounter the different species of sharks and rays that live in
shallow water but it has slowly evolved into a much larger project
containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark
There are now
more than 5000 shark pictures and sections on shark evolution,
biology, and conservation. There is a large library of reviewed
shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a monster
list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are numerous
articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is now so
difficult to check for updates, that new information and pictures
are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be accessed here:
reef shark, Whitetip shark.
body. Dorsum grey to grey/brown sometimes with darker spots or blotches. Ventrum
pale. Fins dusky. Dorsal and pelvic fins pointed. First dorsal and upper lobe of
caudal fin tipped in white. Small barbells present on wide, flat snout.
length 210cm. 56 cm at birth.
Coral and rocky reef flats / slopes and in lagoons. To 40m.
and distribution: Found
through out the Indo Pacific and in the Eastern Pacific from Islas de
Revillagigedo to Galapagos.
under ledges, in caves, and in sand gutters between reefs during the day and
hunts for reef fishes, crabs, lobsters, and octopus at night.
Litter size 1-5. Gestation period 13 months.
seen resting in groups and sometimes seen hunting in large aggressive masses
(see photograph on second page).
whitetip reef shark is easily distinguished from other carcharhinids by its
slender body and habits.
Reaction to divers:When encountered
at rest generally lifts off the bottom and swims slowly away. May ignore divers
completely if part of a hunting mob. Not considered dangerous unless
speared fish are present at which point it may become aggressive.
whitetip is encountered on a very regular basis on many dives throughout the
tropical Indo Pacific and is usually the most commonly seen shark. At Cocos
Island whitetips are seen at night by divers in marauding packs breaking up the
reef to get at hidden fish and other prey. The Undersea Hunter runs shark diving
expeditions to Cocos throughout the year.
Other diving locations submitted by
Reef Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
Sharks and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.