Manō pā'ele carcharhinus melanopterus blacktip reef shark // blacktips are still found in hawai'i but much more rare than in the rich waters of tahiti. kaneohe bay sandbar was thought to have been a previous habitat space for blacktips but due to the degradation of the reefs by overdevelopment and farming, much of that population was lost. or perhaps they were never as plentiful as they are in tahiti (cooperatively sharing space with pink whiptail ray ). manō pā'ele by hawaiian olelo refers to the "black smudge" found on the dorsal of this shark species.
there is a research station on big island that monitors a seasonal population of blacktip reef shark from shoreline by the black smudges on the dorsal fin. hmmc documents individual sharks at the pu'ukohola heiau near pelekane bay. photo identification can be more difficult on some species than others but as a noninvasive practice this is a preferred method for monitoring the status of a species thought to be under severe decline by human impact.
photo by @juansharks of @oceanramsey documenting and studying blacktip behavior.
credit to : @oneoceanresearch
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