White-Tipped Reef Sharks in the Galapagos Islands , rest and feed in shallow waters around coral reefs. They are nocturnal hunters, and use the dark coloring on the top half of their body as camouflage; catching eels, crustaceans, octopus, lobsters, crabs, and boney fish off-guard. During the day they are found in groups on the sandy bottoms of dive and snorkeling sites throughout the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
True to their name, the compact sharks have white-tipped dorsal and caudal fins. Their slender bodies also aid in hunting, often trapping marine creatures in crevices by blocking the entrance and extracting their prey. They also have large eyes, letting them see clearly in murky waters.
Like hammerhead sharks, white-tipped reef sharks are sensitive to vibrations-sensing struggling fish in nearby waters and honing in on their location.
Two places that they are found frequently are Los Tuneles and Las Tintoras near Isabela Island. They are also found at dive sites with coral reefs and underwater caves throughout the Galapagos.
During the day the sharks are docile, unshaken by the presence of humans. During the night they are fierce hunters, aggressively attacking without hesitation. When approaching the sharks, use caution, as they are normally non-aggressive but can be spooked if cornered.