Types of Sharks
The Oceanic Whitetip Shark: A Lonely Hunter
If the great white is the King of Sharks, the oceanic whitetip is the Dark Knight of the Ocean – swift, diligent and dangerous.
Oceanic Whitetips By the Numbers
HOW TO SPOT AN OCEANIC WHITETIP
The oceanic whitetip – a tough and stocky open ocean shark – is easily recognized by the white tips on its fins and by its very long pectoral fins. Tap or click on hotspots for more information. EXPLORE THE OCEANIC WHITETIP
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Bull Sharks Are Among the Oceanic Whitetip's Closest Cousins
The oceanic whitetip is a requiem shark. Many of the best-known sharks – the ones we see the most and the ones that are most abundant in the ocean – are requiem sharks. Some of them are aggressive hunters, the oceanic whitetip included. All are good swimmers, with strong bodies and long fins.
Some requiem sharks, particularly the oceanic whitetips, are loners. Others are social and spend time with each other, sometimes teaming up to catch prey or to ward off attackers. Some requiem sharks, particularly lemon sharks, seem to like hanging out together.
Among the oceanic whitetip’s most notable “cousins” are the spinner shark, bull shark, bronze whaler, dusky shark, silky shark and tiger shark.