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Reef sharks swimming along the Coastal shores

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Fishing piers in Myrtle Beach are popular for spotting reef sharks. Tourists spend time observing the popular, "reef shark," commonly known to be found on the East Coast.

The reef shark is a member of the requiem shark species. They can grow over 3 feet long and can weigh up to 154 pounds, they are larger than most other species of reef shark, and considered the most dominant species in the sensitive reef ecosystem, according sharksider.com.

The population of the Gray Reef Shark is considered “near threatened” mostly due to commercial fishing and depletion of coral reefs caused by humans. They are commercially fished for shark fin soup and fish meal.

For more information on the reef shark, click here.

Steve Caviness from Charlotte, NC caught a reef shark Friday night at 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach. 

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