Carcharhinus longimanus (Oceanic whitetip shark)


One of the largest species of the requiem sharks, easily recognized by the large rounded dorsal and pectoral fins with broad white tips, often accompanied by pilot fish (Naucrates ductor).


Endangered species. Threatened by commercial-, gamefishing and the finning industry.


Circumtropical. Occurs in waters around the world with temperatures between 18 and 28 degrees Celsius. It is a pelagic species, but can be seen on reefs out of the coast. It lives in a depth range of 0-230 meters.


Viviparous reproduction. They give birth to 1-15 young in one litter, that can be well over 50cm upon birth.


Up to 400cm, but normally around 270cm. It can weigh up to 150 kilograms.

Prey / Predation

Feeds on oceanic bony fishes, also threadfins, stingrays, sea turtles, sea birds, gastropods, squid and crustaceans.

Special features

They are considered a dangerous species, but their reputation is questionable. They are curious of nature and may approach divers or circle around them, but when left alone and allowed to move freely, they are unlikely to be a threat.