Tiger Sharks are long, heavy sharks with long fins and a long upper tail. They have blue to light green skin with a white underbelly and distinctive grey vertical lines throughout their body that resemble that of a Tiger.
Juvenile Tiger Sharks have bolder stripes that fade a bit as they age.
They have distinctive teeth which are very sharp with pronounced serrations and a sideways pointing tip.
Found worldwide in tropical to temperate waters, they tend to be found near the coast but will travel through open ocean to travel between islands.
The garbage cans of the sea.
Bony fish, Invertebrates, Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals, Stingrays, smaller Sharks, Sea Snakes, scavenged dead animals, and garbage.
Solitary, nocturnal hunters, and aggressive predators.
They are second to only Great White Sharks in fatal attacks to Humans, though, these are still extremely rare occurrences.
The fourth largest shark and the second largest predatory shark.
“Tiger” comes from the grey stripes running across their body, which fade as they mature.
Well known for being the “garbage can of the sea” because they will eat just about anything.
They are believed to be “near-threatened” with extinction due to their rapidly declining numbers.
They have a reputation of biting people which targets them for control efforts in some places, a practice that is not supported by scientists anywhere.