As in other sharks, the teeth are replaced with new ones. This shark has a notable tolerance for many different kinds of marine habitats but generally prefers murky waters in coastal areas. Reproduction – Ovoviviparous. Moreover, there is a so-called lateral line on the side of the shark, i.e. Although these sharks swim very slowly – making it even harder to notice them in water, they can immediately accelerate. Its behavior is primarily nomadic, but is guided by warmer currents, and it stays closer to the equator throughout the colder months. A baby Tiger Shark has spots not stripes. The tiger shark is one of the largest shark species in the world. They feed on rays, bony fish, dolphins, carrion, sea birds, sea turtles, sea snakes, crustaceans, seals, squid, and small sharks of other species. The species may be even observed at the depth of 900 meters (2950 ft), but tiger sharks are known for living in shallow waters that might have seemed to be too shallow for fish of such size. Reproduction. As apex predators, tiger sharks are essential to maintaining ecological balance in the ocean, and this filters right down to the corals which house their prey. The whole process takes from 13 to 16 months. The name of the species comes from dark vertical stripes that young sharks have. Tiger sharks eat their prey whole, unless it’s too big, in which case they tear it into huge, more manageable chunks. This shark’s name comes from the dark, stripe-like pattern on its skin, which resembles a tiger… Prey – The tiger shark is omnivorous; it may attempt to consume virtually anything that can fit between its jaws. Tiger sharks are often attracted to stream mouths after heavy rains, when upland fishes and other animals are swept out to sea. The tiger shark is an immigrating species that in cooler, winter months heads for the equator. The most common predatory threat sharks face are larger sharks. When the shark swims above its prey, sun rays falling from the sky are diminished by the light-colored belly. Due to its camouflage and slow swimming speed, the Tiger Shark is often only seen by its prey at the last minute. As a result, when a shark is under its prey, it is hardly visible in the dark water. It also serves as a pivot that enables the shark to turn around by 360 degrees. They … As for other studies done in the Northwest Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico on tiger shark diet, they were usually done in either a very small area, or had a very small sample size, and sometimes both. They are a large species, and exceptional individuals can reach 18 ft. long, and possibly longer! The tiger shark is the only representative of its family that is ovoviviparous. The tiger shark is a fish that prefers to live alone unless it is in the mating period. These sharks (medium-sized class) measuring between 6.5 to 10 feet (2 and 3 metres) prey … Fully-grown White Sharks (their official name) often reach around 16 feet. While female caught in 1957 had measured 7.4 meters (24 ft 3 in) and weigh 3,110 kilograms (6,856 lb). It can also be found in the Caribbean Sea, Africa, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Australia and New Zealand. Near Hawaii, 3-4 attacks are noted every year. The tiger shark is an attraction in recreational fishing. Remains of terrestrial animals, such as horses, rats, goats, sheep, dogs, and cats, are often found in tiger sharks’ stomachs. Dr. Andrzejaczek said the tags provided a close-up view of how exactly the tiger sharks … No evidence of sea turtle and marine mammals were found in this class. Small tiger sharks feast primarily on fish and sea snakes, but as they grow, their giant mouths and increased size allow them to catch larger prey. Thanks to small pits on the snout, which are called the ampullae of Lorenzini, the shark can detect weak electrical impulses generated by other fish, which is a considerable advantage in the hunt. The sand tiger shark lives worldwide near the seafloor in surf zones, shallow bays and coral and rocky reefs. This is likely one of the first senses that clues sharks in to potential prey items at a distance. The tiger shark is a cosmopolitan species. These species are also found in New England waters, where spiny dogfish and white sharks commonly swim in search of their natural prey. Orcas Vs Shark: Killer Whales Take Down Tiger SharkSUBSCRIBE: We upload a new incredible video every weekday. 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