Here are some Tiger shark facts!

The Tiger shark has a bad reputation due to its aggressive behavior and the fact that it is only second to the Great White shark as it is responsible for the second highest number of fatalities related to shark attacks.

Scientists also compare it to a garbage disposable as it attacks and gulps just about anything in sight. For example, while dissecting the carcasses of dead tiger sharks, items such as: rubber tires, license plates, plastic bottles, empty cans and even wine bottles have been retrieved from their digestive system.

Now let's discover more Tiger shark facts. Tiger sharks belong to the order of Carchariniformes and its scientific name is Galeocerdo Cuvier. Its maximal length can over 5 m and its weight may reach up to 700 kg.

The Tiger shark owes its name to both its striped skin and its aggressive behavior as a predator. Another peculiar characteristic related to the Tiger shark anatomy is the shape of its serrated teeth. You see, they are hook-like shaped which allows them to easy break open the shell of mollusks, crustaceans and even sea turtles before feasting on its prey. It has also a short and rounded snout.

The habitat of a Tiger shark includes the following areas: worldwide temperate and shallow tropical waters to the exception, to the Mediterranean Sea, deep in open water as well as muddy estuaries.

Its diet offers quite a variety as Tiger sharks are not afraid to attack and feed on much larger preys such as whale carcasses, marine mammals and sea turtles. They also feed on smaller preys such as: small fish, squid, small mollusks and crustaceans.

Their type of reproductive system is called ovoviviparous, which means that eggs hatch internally but the female is giving birth to live pups. One litter can vary between 30 and 55 Tiger shark pups.

As you can see, Tiger sharks are interesting animals to study. If you wish to learn more about other types of sharks, I invite you to visit the following main page of this site: Types of sharks.