These sharks have an identity theft problem. That is, if you’re not careful, you can get them mixed up with another shark with a similar name and then that shark gets confused for another. If you go diving in the tropics, you’re probably going to see one of the other sharks.
We will be discussing the blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus).
The blacktip reef shark is a light grey/olive, with a creamy belly and white band across their flank. Easily identified by the prominent black markings at the tips of their dorsal fins and edge of their caudal fin, they usually don’t get bigger than 1.6 m (a little bigger than 5 ft). A cosmopolitan animal, they prefer tropical coral reefs of the Indian/Pacific Oceans (hence the name).
The short tail stingray, now Bathytoshia brevicaudata previously Dasyatis brevicaudata, also known as the smooth stingray. Seen off southern Africa and southern Australia and New Zealand, they range from the intertidal zone to a depths of 480 m (1,570 ft). Mostly a bottom-dweller, they range from open water habitats to reefs or estuaries.
Marjorie Cattaneo Fernandes was a scientist I met over ResearchGate (Are you a scientist? Sign up if you haven't already to share your research. And if you're keen, add TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez on there), and I was immediately interested in her research and passion.
She graciously said yes to being interviewed for the #BehindtheFins segment, commenting that it was a great opportunity to talk about something that really matters and to promote the latest news into shark conservation. Lets just dive into this interview-- it's a great one, guys.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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