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Title: Attacks on Humans by the Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) 
Author: Randall, John E.; Helfman, Gene S.
Date: 1973-07
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Randall JE, Helfman GS. 1973. Attacks on humans by the blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus). Pac Sci 27(3): 226-238.
Abstract: The blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus me/anopterus) occurs in shallow
waters throughout most of the tropical Indo-Pacific. Its classification, distribution,
and biology are reviewed. Ten attacks by this shark at Palau, Phoenix, Line, and
Marshall islands, Caroline Atoll, and Tuamotu Archipelago are summarized. Only
three attacks resulted in injuries. Eight of the 10 attacks occurred during the
afternoon; nine, in water less than waist deep. All but one victim were wading,
and dead or injured fishes were present prior to only three incidents. Contrary to
previous reports, the blacktip reef shark should be considered dangerous.
ISSN: 0030-8870
LC Subject Headings: Blacktip shark
Shark attacks

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