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Tiger Shark


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Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark
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Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark
The tiger shark is the fourth biggest shark in the world and is found in warmer and tropical waters in the Southern Hemisphere. The tiger shark tends to be found in more coastal waters but tigers sharks are also known to go into the deeper ocean if they need to hunt for food.

The tiger shark is a fierce predator and tiger sharks hunt everything in the water including fish, seals, birds, turtles and even other sharks. The tiger shark gets it's name from the black stripes it has when it is young. Most tiger sharks lose these stripes as they get older.

Like most other species of shark, tiger sharks have sensors on the sides of their heads which enable them to detect small muscle movements from nearby creatures. The tiger shark also has a wedge-shaped head which allows the shark to turn quickly when it needs to. Tiger sharks can reach a top speed of around 20mph which is pretty fast in the water!

Tiger sharks are extremely aggressive animals are thought to be one of the most dangerous sharks for humans to come into contact with. Tiger sharks are solitary hunters and usually do most of their hunting at night when the tiger shark can move through the water unseen.

Female tiger sharks mate every three years or so and the time of year when this happens depends on where the tiger shark lives. Tiger sharks in the Northern Hemisphere mate from March to May, where tiger sharks in the Southern Hemisphere mate from November to January. The eggs hatch inside the female tiger shark and can remain inside her for up to 16 months. When they are big enough, the female tiger shark gives birth to between 10 and 80 baby tiger sharks.

Tiger sharks usually range from between 3 to 5 metres in length. Although much larger specimens have been seen, the largest a tiger shark tends to get is around 5.5 metres long.


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Tiger Shark Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Chondrichthyes
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Carcharhiniformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Carcharhinidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Galeocerdo
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Galeocerdo Cuvier
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Fish
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
3.25-4.25m (10.7-14ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
385-635kg (850-1,400lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
32km/h (20mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
30-40 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Grey, Brown, Black, White
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Smooth
Favourite Food:Squid
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Tropical coastal waters
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
35
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Squid, Fish, Turtles
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human
Special Features:Dark black markings and large body size

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