Whitetip reef shark resting in its lair, a small underwater cave.
Pretty sure this is the shark that was cut free from fishing line on the reef last week. It's the correct size, with a hook on the left side of the mouth, and about 12" of monofilament line attached. It also came out of its hiding spot and did two laps around me and my dive buddy before going back inside. :)
Still frame capture of a white tip reef shark - hooked and snagged on the reef. This is the second one found in this area within three weeks. The shark swam away immediately after I cut the monofilament line.
The whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) is a species of requiem shark, family Carcharhinidae, and the only member of its genus. A small shark usually not exceeding 1.6 m (5.2 ft) in length, this species is easily recognizable by its slender body and short but broad head, as well as tubular skin flaps beside the nostrils, oval eyes with vertical pupils, and white-tipped dorsal and caudal fins. One of the most common sharks found on Indo-Pacific coral reefs,...