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pk11377-D. Tiger Sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) and scuba divers. Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean.
tiger shark photos by professional marine photographer Brandon Cole 
pk11120-D. Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) side view portrait, digital high res original. Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean.
picture of tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier very dangerous species Bahamas
pk11704-D. close-up underwater photo of Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier). Atlantic Ocean.
tiger shark stock photography available for licensing
pa0641-D. Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) with boat in background. Very dangerous species. Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean.
marine imagery of tiger sharks and other elasmobranchs


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   vitals                                                              bio
common
name
Tiger Shark
scientific name Galeocerdo cuvier
range Worldwide, tropical seas
viewing
hotspots
Bahamas, Hawaii USA, South Africa
habitat Coastal, open ocean
size To 18 feet (5.5m)
diet Sea turtles, fish, invertebrates, marine mammals
trivia Serrated, cockscomb shaped teeth; mainly active at night; approx. 12 year life span
The Tiger Shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, is a large, dangerous species, the tropical equivalent of the great white shark. Circumtropical, they inhabit waters both shallow and deep (to at least 500 feet) from sandy beaches to coral reefs to estuaries to open ocean. Tigers have a wide mouth and flat snout, thick chest, and slender caudal keel. Juveniles and young specimens have distinct stripes on their backs- hence the name shark- which generally fade with age.
     One of the most dangerous of all sharks, the tiger is famed for an appetite which includes everything from birds (albatross chicks in the French Frigate Shoals) to sea turtles, invertebrates to dead whales. Livestock and people falling overboard have been killed, in addition to surfers, spearfishermen, and swimmers. Metal and wood debris turn up in stomach content searches. Its rather indiscriminate feeding behavior- and the fact that its uniquely shaped teeth are specialized for sawing through flesh and bone- mean that fewer people survive attacks by tiger sharks than great whites.
     The tiger shark is the only member of the requiem group (family Carcharhinidae) with an ovoviviparous mode of reproduction. After a year-long gestation, 10-82 fully developed young hatch from egg capsules inside the motherís uterus and are born soon thereafter. (Up until hatching they have been nourished by their yolk sac reserves, rather than placenta-like structures.) Tiger sharks mature at 4-6 years old.

 

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