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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
Galeocerdo Cuvier
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
3.25-4.25m (10.7-14ft)
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)
How long the animal lives for
30-40 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Grey, Brown, Black, White
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Tropical coastal waters
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Squid, Fish, Turtles
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Dark black markings and large body size

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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 its 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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First Published: 30th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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