A tiger shark can be easily identified by dark vertical strips resembling tiger patterns. Moreover, these bands are characteristic only of young individuals who have not reached adulthood. With age, they pale and in older sharks almost disappear. Often it can be seen on coral reefs, in seaports and canals, so meeting with a person occurs often enough. Diet consists of fish, other small sharks, squid, turtles and dolphins. She does not disdain to carrion. A good appetite is proved by the finds found in the belly of the caught sharks – pieces of old car tires, license plates of cars, etc. Because of this, the shark nicknamed the “marine garbage basket” was fixed.
While in search of prey, the tiger shark can attack even seabirds that have sat on the water. The incidence of attacks on people recorded slightly less than the white shark. Along with carharodon and a shark-bull, it enters the most dangerous marine animals, a meeting with which in the water can turn into a tragedy.
Tiger shark grows up to 5 m in length, reaching a weight of more than 1 ton. Color can range from blue to light green on the back, and pale yellow on the belly. The head is wedge-shaped, which allows the fish to dramatically change the trajectory of motion. The speed of the fish reaches 32 km / h, but for a short time it can also make more rapid jerks. On the back close to the head, the shark has pits on the body, in which are located electromagnetic sensors, allowing it to catch the weak movements of the muscles of other creatures, giving the opportunity to hunt in the dark and confidently move even in very muddy water.
It is interesting that taking second place among the most dangerous sharks for humans, this predator attacks a man rather rarely, but the percentage of deadly attacks in her is the highest.
Teeth of the tiger shark are specialized for tearing and crushing meat and bones. Jaws are strong and can split the hard shells of sea turtles, which occupy a significant share in its diet. Like all sharks, the tiger jaws are replenished with new teeth in the course of their lives to replace lost or broken teeth.