Silvertip shark
  • Carcharhinus albimarginatus

English Name : Silvertip shark Local Name : Kattafulhi miyaru Size : Max. 3 m Family : CARCHARHINIDAE Order : Carcharhiniformes Distinctive Characters: snout moderately long and broadly rounded. Upper teeth broadly triangular. Second dorsal fin with a base less than twice height. Ridge between dorsal fins. Colour: Grey above, pale below. First dorsal, pectoral, pelvic and caudal fins with extremely conspicuous white tips and posterior margins. Habitat and Biology: Occurs inshore and offshore from the surface to a depth of 800 m. Feeds on both bottom and pelagic fish, including rays and cephalopods. Viviparous, with a yolk-sac placenta; number of young 1 to 11 per litter, often 5 to 6. Distribution: Tropical Indo-Pacific. Remarks: Carcharhinus albimarginatus is said to be very aggressive and individuals often have evidence of combat scars. The shark is potentially dangerous to people. Rarely seen by divers in the Maldives, although there have been regular sightings at two sites in Ari Atoll.