Tiger shark Facts

Tiger shark Facts
Tiger shark is one of the largest species of sharks on the planet. This animal can be found in the warm, tropical and subtropical waters all over the world. Largest population of tiger sharks lives in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Tiger sharks normally spends majority of their time in the deep water. They come to shallow water when they search for food. Like many other shark species, tiger sharks are hunted for their meat, skin and oil. Liver of tiger shark is rich in vitamin A, which is another reason why people hunt them. Tiger sharks are listed as nearly threatened (they may become endangered in the near future).
Interesting Tiger shark Facts:
Tiger sharks are very large animals. They can reach between 10 and 14 feet in length and 850 to 1400 pounds in weight.
Tiger sharks are named that way because of their tiger-like, black stripes that cover the body of young animals. As animals become older, these stripes fade away, becoming almost invisible in adult animals.
Tiger shark can be recognized by the blunt nose and powerful jaw filled with serrated teeth.
Tiger shark has excellent sense of smell which is used for detection of the prey.
Another organ, called "ampullae of Lorenzini", detects electrical impulses that are produced by moving prey and enables hunt even when the visibility of water is low.
Tiger shark is known as voracious carnivore (meat-eater). Regular prey of tiger shark includes dolphins, fish, turtles, dugongs, sea birds, stingrays, sea snakes …
Tiger sharks are definitely not picky eaters. Stomach's content of caught tiger sharks revealed some amazing items such as: license plates, old tires, oil canes, cow's hoofs …
Tiger sharks are known as "wastebaskets of the ocean" because of their habit to eat whatever they see.
Tiger sharks are the second most dangerous species of sharks for humans. Unlike great white sharks (which are the most dangerous), tiger sharks will often eat victim after attack. Luckily, encounters between tiger sharks and humans are rare.
Tiger sharks are solitary creatures most of the time. They will gather in larger groups during mating season or for the collective feeding when the large prey is available.
Tiger sharks are migratory species. They travel several thousand miles each year toward warmer waters when temperature of water drops down.
Tiger sharks in the Northern hemisphere mate from March to May. Those that live in Southern hemisphere mate from November to January.
Tiger sharks become sexually mature when they reach the length between 6.6 and 9.8 feet. Due to prolonged pregnancy, females mate once every three years.
After internal fertilization (male inserts sperm directly into the female's body), eggs develop inside the mother's womb. Pregnancy lasts around 16 months and ends with 20 to 90 baby tiger sharks.
Tiger sharks can survive up to 50 years in the wild.

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