Carcharhinus Longimanus

Carcharhinidae

Carcharhiniformes

Offshore

202 - 370 pounds

120" - 157"

Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Also Known As: Nigano Shark, Shark, Whitetip Shark  

Oceanic Whitetip Shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) Description

Also known as the silvertip shark, Brown Milber’s sandbar shark, and oceanic white-tipped whaler, the Oceanic Whitetip Sharks are remarkable for their long, wing-like pectoral fins and rounded dorsal fins. Their dorsal, pectoral, and caudal fins are notable for their white tips which become prominent during adulthood; these white marks also account for their name. C. longimanus is a medium-sized requiem shark with a somewhat flattened body.

They reach maturity between 6 and 9 years of age and can live up to 22 years.

 

Diet and Size

The Oceanic Whitetip Sharks feed primarily on bony fishes and cephalopods. They prey on marlin, tuna, mackerels, and barracuda, among others. They also add sea turtles, squids, stingrays, sea birds, and even garbage to their diet.

 On average, Oceanic Whitetip Sharks can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh up to 370 pounds. In previous decades, sharks of the same species weighed significantly lower, setting around 120 pounds on the weighing scale. 

Female Oceanic Whitetip Sharks tend to grow larger than the males by 4 inches. They reach maturity at around the same time.

 

Interesting Facts About the Oceanic Whitetip Shark 

  • Oceanic Whitetip Shark meat is a popular ingredient for shark fin soup. Primarily due to that, the Oceanic Whitetip Shark is now considered “critically endangered”.
  • Previous reports have shown that they have attacked ship and plane wreck survivors, making them one of the most perilous sharks to humans. They are highly unpredictable and reckless. They are said to have killed many of the wreck survivors in a feeding frenzy when the Nova Scotia ship was sunk off the South African coast; only one-fifth of the original 1,000 passengers survived.