Shark Month Profile: The Tiger Shark
By Matt O'Hern // June 5, 2014
ABOVE VIDEO: World freediving champion Tanya Streeter attempts to face her fear of sharks by swimming with a host of tiger sharks. Brilliant underwater imagery of wild marine life in this clip from BBC show ‘Shark Therapy’.The tiger shark is among the most aggressive species. They are commonly found near reefs and ship wrecks that are popular destinations for scuba divers.
Identified by the markings on its back, the tiger shark is known throughout the world as one of the most aggressive shark species. With jaws strong enough to crush sea turtle shells, these solitary predators attack their prey and use their curved, jagged teeth to tear through skin and bone. Tiger sharks are known for attacking albatross on the surface of the ocean, but they also feed from the ocean floor.
TIGER SHARK FACTS
- Tiger Sharks can grow to a length of 15 feet and weigh up to 1,400 pounds.
- Regular prey of tiger shark includes dolphins, fish, turtles, dugongs, sea birds, stingrays, sea snakes.
- Stomach’s content of caught tiger sharks revealed some amazing items such as: license plates, old tires, oil canes, cow’s hoofs