The Wastebasket of the Sea

Coming in as the fourth largest shark in the world, the tiger shark (Galeocerdo Cuvier) is one amazing creature that can sometimes get a bad rep (Shark-world, 2013). In the rankings they are second in attacks on humans, just behind the great white (Marinebio, 2013). This bad rep is whatYoung tiger shark has caused them to be overfished and killed,and they have consequently moved to the near threatened category (Marinebio, 2013).

Typically tiger sharks run anywhere from 3-4 meters in lenghts with the exception of some growing up to 7.5 meters and as juveniles, they have very distinct markings on the sides of their body which is partly how they got their name (Arkive, 2013). These sharks can be found in various places around the world and are considered the wastebasket of the sea from there wide range of diet which is further discussed in nutrition. Hopefully, continuing on to following pages will allow you to better understand why we encounter these sharks so frequently by taking a look at their habitat and food preferences.

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December 2013