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White tips and trailing margins
of dorsal, pectoral, and caudal fins (and to a lesser degree all other
fins). Stout body. Gray to bluish gray upper body. Underside pale to white.
length 3 metres. 63 - 68cm at birth.
Deeper off shore reefs, isolated islets, and continental drop offs.
Intertidal to usually below 30 meters.
and distribution: In
the Indian Ocean from the Red Sea to Southern Africa. In the Pacific from Japan
to Australia and across to Columbia. A regular visitor at Cocos Island.
Seen singly, in pairs, and in small aggregations. Cruises reef faces usually in
deep water. Feeds on benthic, reef, and pelagic fishes such as scorpionfishes,
parrotfishes, tuna, and small sharks.
Litter number 1 - 11. Mating obviously an aggressive activity as females have
been observed with mating wounds including the top of the first dorsal bitten
Reef Shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) has similarly coloured dorsal fin
but all other fins have black tips.
Reaction to divers:
away unless in a baited situation. I have observed extremely aggressive
behaviour as soon as bait was introduced. During one feed in Burma two
Silvertips hit the bait so hard that they carried into the reef with a
resounding crash, breaking coral and thrashing wildly. Divers have been reported
to be attacked during shark feeds in Micronesia and New Guinea.
Many organised trips run out
of Phuket, Thailand to the famed Burma Banks especially Silvertip Bank where
Silvertips are regularly encountered during staged shark feeds. Recently the
sharks appearing have declined in number due to longlining. Also often attending
these feeds are reef whitetips (Triaenodon obesus) and the Tawny nurse
shark (Nebrius ferrugineus). Other diving destinations with frequent
sightings include: Socorro Islands off Baja, Cocos Island, Papua New Guinea,
Eastern and Western Australia, French Polynesia, and Micronesia.
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.