- Dark, bluish-gray (young paler) back, with a distinctive whitish stripe on the flank
- The inside tip of the pectoral fin is conspicuously black, as are the dorsal and anal fin tips, and lower lobe of caudal in young blacktips
- First dorsal fin begins above the axil of pectoral fin
- No middorsal ridge
- Upper and lower teeth are serrated and nearly symmetrical
Blacktips often come inshore in large schools, particularly in association with Spanish mackerel. Frequently the most common shark in clear-water cuts and along beaches in Florida and Bahamas.
State Record: 152 lbs. (blacktip).
Fishing Tips and Facts: Blacktip sharks are sometimes caught by sportfishers off the beach or offshore They provide a good fight, often leaping out of the water.
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles