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This shark is a specialist in capturing bottom-dwelling prey in caves and crevices, feeding mainly on octopus, lobsters and crabs.
Along with a down-slanted mouth, the prominent brow ridges give this shark a permanent “disgusted” expression to its face.
They live in the Pacific and Indian Ocean. During the day they rest on the sandy reef bottom or in caves, usually in groups.
It's relatively harmless to humans due to its easy going disposition and small teeth. It avoids close contact with humans, swimming off when approached by swimmers and divers. However because of their slow reproduction rate, late age maturity and limited habitat, any human interference has a big effect. So even though there are low levels of Whitetip reef shark fishing, it is enough to hit population levels.