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The author emerging from a cave at Oeno Atoll with two Whitetip Reef Sharks from Atoll research bulletin.

The author emerging from a cave at Oeno Atoll with two Whitetip Reef Sharks from Atoll research bulletin.
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Date
1999-2000
Publication Date
1999-2000
Type
Photographic prints
Rights
Not in Copyright
Image ID
SIL-atollresearchbu459480smit_0155_crop
Catalog ID
177827
Book Title
Atoll research bulletin.
Caption
The author emerging from a cave at Oeno Atoll with two Whitetip Reef Sharks.
Educational Notes
If you put on a wetsuit and dive around caves deep in the South Pacific and Indian oceans, you may bump into a Whitetip Reef Shark. They like to rest in caves, and you can recognize them by their slim bodies and the white tips on their dorsal fins. However, if you decide to go diving, you may only meet up with this kind of shark in the daytime because Whitetip Reef Sharks only rest during the day. At night, the sharks leave their caves and go hunting, usually alone, but sometimes they work together in small groups with other sharks. They prey on octopus, fish, crabs, shrimp and other crustaceans. Thankfully, humans are not on their menu. Whitetip Reef Sharks are not territorial and tend to leave the humans that invade their territory alone. Females in this species can have up to six pups, or baby sharks, at a time after 10 to 13 months of pregnancy. Although, the mothers endure long pregnancies, they have no reason to expect Mother’s Day cards from their offspring. After birth, pups leave their mothers and take care of themselves.
Data Source
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Place
Oeno Atoll (Oeno Island)
Publication Place
Washington (D.C.)