Many of my clients ask in general about “reef sharks” bundling many shark species together that live amongst the reef., but we do have a Carribbean Reef shark, or Carcharhinus perezi and it is found in the carribbean, liking warmer waters of the Gulf. They grow to about 10 feet long and found in caves or on the ocean floor. It has larger eyes and the snout is rounded and short in comparison to other sharks. When you look up close, they have an extra rear tip on the second dorsal fin. They prefer the reefs, hunting squids, crabs, lobsters, shrimps, and every type of reef fish.
They are only “moderately” dangerous to humans but you can usually see them if you like to snorkel or dive since they enjoy being on reefs.
These sharks are NT(near threatened) but in some parts this shark breed is actively fished as a source of meat and liver oil. In places like the Bahamas they are profitable with the “ecotourism trade” where they do shark feeds and dives.
Did you know….Reef Sharks are Viviparous, which means the “pup” develops inside the mother, similar to the way human babies are developed. The pregnancy period is about 1 year.