Blacktip Shark Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: dark bluish gray (young paler) above, whitish below;
distinctive whitish stripe on flank; inside tip of pectoral fin
conspicuously black; dorsal fin, anal fin, and lower
lobe of caudal fin also black-tipped in young,
fading with growth; 1st dorsal fin begins above
axil of pectoral fin; snout long, almost v-shaped from
below; no mid dorsal ridge; upper and lower teeth
serrated, nearly symmetrical.
Size: to 2.5 m (8.25 ft.).
Where found: principally pelagic, but often comes inshore in large
schools, particularly in association with Spanish mackerel; frequently the most common shark
(especially young) in clear-water cuts and along beaches in Florida and Bahamas.
Similar species: in the Spinner Shark the 1st dorsal fin begins above a point behind the pectoral fin, and the
snout is longer.