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August 8, 2021

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Caribbean Reef Shark

The Caribbean Reef Shark is one of the most common shark species in the Caribbean Sea. However, their population is often threatened by humans who target them for their fins, meat and even skin. When they are not being intentionally hunted, they often are also caught as bycatch. Caribbean Reef Sharks are common sights at Belize's Great Blue Hole, leaving many divers amazed by their calm and beautiful grace.

Love these aggresive sharks even though they backed me up onto a Reef once and forced me to give up my bag of speared hogfish!

Above photo by Dr. Rachel Graham/ MarAlliance

Caribbean reef sharks are the most common coral reef shark species in the western Atlantic Ocean, but they are heavily fished throughout most of their range. Most Caribbean reef sharks are highly site faithful, and many may spend their entire lives at one reef location. These sharks are increasingly important to tourism economies, as encounters with Caribbean reef sharks are sought after by divers in countries such as The Bahamas, Belize, and Honduras (

A group of sharks can be called a shiver, frenzy, shoal, school, or college.

Caribbean reef sharks were recently listed as endangered to extinction, due to high levels of targeted fishing throughout their relatively small range.

Photograph by John Romero

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