Blacktip Shark or Spinner Shark?

If you're being attacked, you probably don't care which shark species it is doing the attacking. If you're a photographer (and at a safe shooting distance), you do. The Blacktip Shark and Spinner Shark are very similar in size, shape, and markings. If being a juvenile isn't a factor, we're going with Blacktip Shark on this one, as the dorsal fin appears to begin before the pectoral fins end. A Spinner Shark would have the dorsal beginning behind the pectorals. This image was captured at the boardwalk behind Kiplinger Preserve, meaning this shark was in the St. Lucie River.

If you’re being attacked, you probably don’t care which shark species it is doing the attacking. If you’re a photographer (and at a safe shooting distance), you do. The Blacktip Shark and Spinner Shark are very similar in size, shape, and markings. If being a juvenile isn’t a factor, we’re going with Blacktip Shark on this one, as the dorsal fin appears to begin before the pectoral fins end. A Spinner Shark would have the dorsal beginning behind the pectorals. This image was captured at the boardwalk behind Kiplinger Preserve, meaning this shark was in the St. Lucie River.

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