The friendly reef shark

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Scarlet/Smudge - the friendly Caribbean reef shark

Scarlet, also known as Smudge, is an old local at East End of Grand Cayman. She is easily spotted by her dark birth mark on the corner of her mouth. She isn’t the largest shark in the East, but she will stay with you for the duration of your dive. She will approach a group of divers cautiously and from a distance. However, once she is comfortable, she will come closer and makes a great subject for photos because of her calm nature.

Figure: Scarlet, also known as Smudge. Local female Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) from East End, Grand Cayman.

Figure: Scarlet, also known as Smudge. Local female Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) from East End, Grand Cayman.

Photo Credit: Johanna Kohler

Karen Singh