Fish Fact of the Day
The Black-tip Reef Shark – this elegant shark is the most common shark found around Koh Phi Phi and Koh Bida. Before giving birth, female black-tip reef sharks will incubate their young for 16 months. The pups’ length at birth ranges from 33 to 52 cm and spend the first weeks in small groups in shallow waters (sometimes as shallow as 30 cm!). While generally shy, they often are curious about snorkellers and scuba divers and have even been seen from the boat while we’re having lunch in Losamah Bay!
The tips of the shark’s pectoral fins and dorsal fin are black, with a white underside. Its skin is brownish in colour on the top half of its body. It has been recorded at up to 2 m (6.5 ft) in length and over 45kg (99lbs) in weight. A black-tip reef shark’s diet consists mainly of reef fish, but they will also feed on rays, crabs, crustaceans, cephalopods, and other molluscs. Our snorkellers yesterday were very excited because they saw more than ten!