Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Latin name: Carcharhinus melanopterus

A Marvel of Adaptation!


  • It is wonderfully adapted to hunting and evolving in water environments. Its fusiform body is hydrodynamic, which allows it to reach a speed of 37 km/hr. Its teeth are constantly renewed, ensuring that they are always as sharp as knives!
  • Its skin is not covered with scales but with dermal denticles, a structure more similar to teeth that considerably reduces problems linked to underwater turbulence.
  • Aggression occurrences related to the blacktip reef shark are rare as only 11 unprovoked attacks have been reported by the ISAF (The International Shark Attack File) since 1959.
  • In Hawaii, some families consider this shark to be an aumakua, or guardian spirit, often of ancestors.
  • This shark is vulnerable to overfishing since its gestation period is long, the female gives birth to only 2 to 4 young, and the mortality rate for young sharks is of about 75%


  • Distribution Warm waters of the Indo-Pacific
  • Habitat Coastal waters
  • Diet Carnivore
  • Status Near threatened
  • Zoo Zone South Pacific Odyssey Pavilion

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Testimonials

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

Anand Bharadwaj Aryasomayajula

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane

What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff