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On the prowl
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Copyright: Wendy Torenvliet (Lyanna) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 29 W: 7 N: 65] (218)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon Powershot G5, Digital Pro Optics 0.45X Wide Angle Lens
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-23 7:40
Viewed: 4228
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Carcharhinus limbatus - Blacktip Shark.

The Blacktip Shark has distinctive black colored tips on all fins. The body itself is grayish brow, with a white underbelly and white bands on the sides and tail. The eyes are smallish.

They vary in size, but are one of the more average sized sharks around. Usually they reach up to 5 feet. Average weight is around 40lbs or 18 kg. They mature in 4-5 years, and litters usually see 4-6 pups a time. Blacktip sharks use shallow inshore waters from South Carolina to Texas as nursery areas for their pups in spring and summer. They can be found in groups as young or adults feeding in shallow water.

Habitat etc:
Blacktip Sharks are common in the Gulf of Mexico, but live anywhere around the world where the water is tropical or temperate.

Blacktip Sharks eat everything from fish to squid to crustaceans, even stingrays are on the menu. To humans they are considered dangerous: they occupy ranking # 9 in the International Shark Attack Files.

I took this photograph on a trip to the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam. It is my first attempt to aquarium photography, and I must say that it was quite a difficult thing. I think I captured the shark in an interesting pose, but the color quality isn't really what I would wish for. It's too blue. But, I am only learning.

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Hi Wendy!

It's wonderful blue... just fantastic. I love this photo with all its charm!

Lovely photo Wendy. It it reminds me a great movie >.

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  • ABunce (37)
  • [2005-06-23 21:07]

Hi Wendy,
Great picture. lovely colors and graceful subject.

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