Tiger Shark Facts

Today we learn about surprising and fascinating facts about Tiger sharks. So let's dive into the ocean and take a closer look at the top 12 Tiger shark facts.

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Tiger Shark (pic source:wikipedia)

Scientific Classification of Tiger Shark

  • Kingdom – Animalia
  • Phylum – Chordata
  • Class – Chondrichthyes
  • Order – Carcharhiniformes
  • Family – Carcharhinidae
  • Genus – Galeocerdo
  • Species – Galeocerdo Cuvier
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Tiger Shark's Teeth (pic source:animals.net)

Tiger Shark Facts

FACT 1. Tiger shark, also known as Sea Tigers is the fourth-largest type of shark after the whale shark, the basking shark and the great white shark.

FACT 2. Tiger shark has been given this name because his body has black vertical stripes, like a tiger. But as they grow older, these stripes fade away, becoming almost invisible in adult animals.

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FACT 3. The Tiger Shark, also called Galeocerdo Cuvier, is the only living species of the genus Galeocerdo.

FACT 4. They also earned the nickname “The Wastebasket Of The Sea” because they will eat just about anything including Fish, sea snakes, seal, birds, dolphins and trash which floats out to sea.

FACT 5. These types of sharks are aggressive predator and are found mostly in tropical and warm waters.

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Tiger Shark (pic source:mirror.co.uk)

FACT 6. After Great White, they are responsible for the most attacks on humans.

FACT 7. Tiger sharks are found abundantly in the Caribbean region, North American beaches and the Gulf of Mexico, and near New Zealand, Australia, India, Africa and China.

FACT 8. They can grow up to 18 feet (5.5 m) long and weigh around 1,800 pounds or 800 kilograms.

FACT 9. Did you know? Tiger Sharks have six senses: sight, touch, smell, taste, hearing, and electroreception. This sixth sense is the unique pores located beneath the skin around the snout that can detect electric fields.

FACT 10. The tiger sharks’ teeth have a unique shape: they are small, broad, strong and look like a boat sail. The blades are covered with serrations.

FACT 11. Most interestingly, If one of their teeth break, they grow a new one the next day.

FACT 12. The tiger shark is the only species of shark that is OVOVIVIPAROUS. That’s a combination of oviparous = “laying eggs” and viviparous = “giving birth to live young”.

FACT 13. Ovoviviparous means female tiger sharks develop eggs inside their bodies, but they do not lay them. It continues to be nurtured and developed until it becomes a fully grown pup. After 16 months the female tiger shark gives birth to eighty pups in a litter.

FACT 14. In some sense, tiger sharks are more dangerous than great whites, as tiger sharks usually bite one after another, resulting in more than a third of attacks being fatal, while the Great White goes away after one bite. 

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