Black tip reef shark (carcharinus melanopterus )

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The Ma’o mauri (Tahitian name for the Blacktip shark) can reach a length of 2 meters (6 to 7 feet) but the average is about 1,60 meters  (5 feet), they travel in schools of a dozen animals and are known for their calm territorial behavior.

Black tip shark in French Polynesia © greglecoeur

Mao mauri
Black tip shark

“ Hunting habits are predominantly nocturnal.  He feeds on small fish, octopi and sometimes small sea birds. 

© Photos : V.Truchet, P.Joachim, G.Lecoeur, S.Girardot

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