The Tiger Shark

Your average Galeocerdo cuvier

Basic Information

This shark typically grows from 10-14 ft long. Also, this shark's average weight is 850-1,400 lbs. The tiger shark can be noticed by its dark black markings and its large body size. The tiger shark is the most aggressive shark to humans.

Where is this shark found?

This shark is found just off the coasts of the USA, South America, and Asia. Most of these sharks can be found off the coast of Australia, though. Its habitat is the warmer, tropical water in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Classification Order

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Chondrichthyes

Order: Carcharhiniformes

Family: Carcharhinidae

Genus: Galeocerdo

Species: Cuvier

Diet of the tiger shark

The tiger shark is a carnivore. Specifically, the tiger shark eats squid, turtles, and fish. The tiger shark even eats other sharks. Fun Fact: The tiger shark only lives for 30-40 years.

Evolutionary Relationships

The tiger shark is in the class chondrichthyes. This class mainly has rays and sharks. An example of a ray that the tiger shark shares a class with is the bishop ray.

A few Tiger Sharks

Interesting facts

  • When a tiger shark matures, its stripes fade.
  • The average tiger shark lives up to 50 years.
  • The tiger shark has earned the nickname "the wastebasket of the sea" because it will eat anything it finds. Researchers have found food from sting rays to old tires and license plates in a tiger sharks' stomach.