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Caribbean reef shark

Posted on: September 7, 2010

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1. The Caribbean reef shark is found in the tropical western Atlantic Ocean and from North Carolina  and in the north to Brazil in the south including Bermuda and the northern Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. It is extremely rare north of the Florida Keys.

2. The Caribbean reef shark are viviparous which means the mother gives birth to live young. Mating is aggressive some females are found with biting scars and wounds on their sides. Mating takes place from February to April. While at other locations down south females give birth during the Amazon summer in November and December.

3. The average litter size is four to six with a gestation period of one year. The newborns measure no more than 74 cm (29 in) long. Juvenile Caribbean reef sharks are preyed upon by larger sharks such as the tiger shark and the bull shark.

4. It likes shallow waters on or around coral reefs and is commonly found near the drop-offs at the reefs’ outer edges. This shark is most common in water shallower than 30 m (98 ft) but has been known to dive to 378 m (1240 feet).

5. The Caribbean reef shark it usually measures 2–2.5 m (6.5–8 ft) long the maximum recorded length is 3 m (10 ft) and the maximum reported weight is 70 kg (154 lbs).

6. The Caribbean reef shark feeds on a wide variety of reef-dwelling fish and stingrays.

7. The Caribbean reef shark is normally shy or indifferent to the presence of divers but the Caribbean reef shark has been known to become aggressive in the presence of food and can grow large to be considered sometimes dangerous. Like most sharks it is best to stay away from them. As of 2008 there has been 27 attacks from this species, 4 of them unprovoked, none fatal.

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