Back Street Boys. N*Sharks. You get the drift. Wait, wait, wait, I have another one: Shark Street.”
He looked back at me once he was done and burst out laughing. "Typical Melissa."
So, why do I bring this up?
Well, I found the shark missing from Shark Street, guys. Everyone, meet the silvertip shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus).
Now, it doesn’t mean it’s a giant shark by any means; maximum length is 10 ft (3m). Both the grey reef shark and silvertip shark live in similar habitats, except the silvertip shark has a more fragmented distribution through the Indian and Pacific Ocean.
They don’t spend all their time in the shallows, however. These sharks are known to dive down up to 2,600 ft (800 m). This doesn’t keep them safe from the commercial fishery that targets them for their meat, fins, jaws, teeth and cartilage (for cartilage pills), however.
Once again, I reiterate: there are no medicinal cures from shark products. Shark cartilage will not keep cancer at bay, guys. And this sort of misinformed thinking has caused local population declines.
Off my soap box. (Except, not really and not ever.)
Due to them frequenting coral reefs, these sharks can come in close contact with humans (especially divers). If you’re lucky enough to see one, enjoy it. They’re assessed as “Near Threatened” by the IUCN!
Think this shark should join Shark Street?