Economic Importance for Humans: Negative
The whitetip reef shark is only a problem to humans if provoked. They are considered to be a passive, calm animal that is easily approachable by divers. A whitetip reef shark will also attack in defense if escape is not an option. Altercations with spear fisherman can occur; most commonly in dispute over possession of the speared fish. It is thought that the sound of spear fishing arouses the shark, and therefore results in their abandonment of the cave and eventual pursuit of the speared fish.
Although the flesh of these sharks is sometimes eaten for food, there are reports that the tissues, particularly the liver, may be toxic.
Negative Impacts: injures humans (bites or stings, poisonous )
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