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Attacks on Humans by the Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)

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Title:Attacks on Humans by the Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)
Authors:Randall, John E.
Helfman, Gene S.
LC Subject Headings:Blacktip shark
Shark attacks
Date Issued:Jul 1973
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.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 27, Numbers 3, 1973

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