Tiger Sharks

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Can you imagine swimming in the ocean with a 15 ft. long tiger shark? More than likely you have if you've ever been in the ocean. Tiger sharks live on coastlines all over the world including virtually every coastline in the United States. Tiger sharks are one of the largest sharks in the world. Tiger sharks are on an average of being 13-21 feet in length and weighing between 850 and 1400 pounds. The biggest one on record was an astonishing 26ft. in length. It is called the tiger shark because of its distinctive tiger like markings on its side. Tiger shark pups have spotted markings that develop together to shape stripes that lighten with maturity.

The tiger shark is a dangerous predator, known for eating a remarkably wide variety of things. Its usual diet consists of fish, seals, smaller sharks, squid and even turtles but it has sometimes been found with detritus such as license plates or pieces of old tires in its digestive tract.

It has gained notoriety recently by attacks on divers and surfers in Hawaii. The tiger shark is second only to the Great White in number of human fatalities and is considered, along with the Great White, Bull Shark and the Oceanic Whitetip Shark one of the most dangerous to humans. (Wikipedia, 2006.pg. 1) The tiger shark rarely hunts in the daytime, and has a reputation for eating anything that is in its way, disregarding nutritional value the prey may hold. Besides from the random feeding, the Tiger Shark's most common foods include; common fish, squid, seals, other sharks and, depending on the size of the shark, sea turtles. In a newspaper article from Australia, a beached tiger shark was found with another shark in its mouth. "But tiger sharks, the garbage guts of the...