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Blacktip Shark

Carcharhinus limbatus


Illustration of a blacktip shark showing important characteristics
  • Back is dark bluish-gray (juveniles more pale) fading to a whitish belly
  • Anal fin lacks black tip (in adults); dorsal fins, pectoral fins, anal fin and caudal fin lower lobe are black-tipped in juveniles (fades with growth)
  • First dorsal fin starts above pectoral fin inner margin
  • Long snout that appears nearly V-shaped from below
  • No interdorsal ridge

Similar Species: Spinner shark, C. brevipinna (first dorsal fin starts behind the pectoral fin; anal fin is black-tipped) 

Size: Up to 6.5 feet 


Coastal to offshore waters. 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.


One of the most common shark species in Florida coastal waters

Additional Information

State Record: 152 lbs. 

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.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles