The Wild Side – Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark Information & Facts

This may go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we will explore the tiger shark.  This post is packed full of tiger shark information and facts that I hope you will find as interesting as I did.  Tiger sharks are found prowling tropical and subtropical waters close to the coast around the world.

Tiger Shark Information

Behavior

Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo tigrinus) are nomadic, moving freely from place to place.  Fossil records (teeth mostly) date tiger sharks as far back as the Eocene.  During the colder months in the year, they migrate close to the equator where the waters are nice and warm.  Tending to stay in deeper waters around reefs, they sometimes venture into channels to pursue prey in shallow waters.  Tiger sharks have been reported in waters as deep as 3,000 feet.

Here’s some fun tiger shark information for you.  The reflective layer behind a tiger shark’s retina, enables them to hunt stealthily at night, and are deemed by most to be nocturnal creatures.  Even without their enhanced vision, tiger sharks have an extra sense known as electro-reception enabling them to detect electric fields.  This includes something as minuscule as the heartbeat of a fish they might be hunting.

Appearance

The skin of a tiger shark ranges in hue from blue to light green with a white or pale-yellow underbelly.  These markings establish counter-shading camouflage for these magnificent predators, making them hard for prey to detect them from above or below.  Especially in the dark.  They also have dark stripes down either side of their flanks giving them tiger-like markings and their name.

Tiger Shark Information

Diet

Tigers sharks will eat anything.  With one of the widest varieties in prey as far as sharks are concerned, tiger sharks are considered apex predators in the food chain.  Even dolphins, whales, and other sharks no better than to mess with these meanies of the sea.  Studies suggest, however, that while tiger sharks are not picky about their prey, they seem to prefer sea turtles as their meal of choice.

Teeth

Most sharks have pointed, triangle-shaped teeth arranged in jagged rows in their mouths.  Tiger sharks have a different setup.  Their teeth have noticeable serration and turn sideways in a pointed tip.  Scientists hypothesize this design helps with breaking through tougher substances like turtle shells with their vicious bite.  This unique set of chops gives them the versatility to prey on almost anything in the water; their only natural predator is humans.

Size

Tiger sharks are big.  They might not be as large as their cousins the great white, but compared to a human they are quite large.  On average, you’re looking at between ten and fourteen feet in length and weighing anywhere from 850 to 1,400 pounds.  That’s a massive fish with a lot of teeth!

At Stuffed Safari, we are proud to carry a wide variety of Stuffed Tiger Sharks and Plush Tiger Sharks.  From Mini Cuddlekins to lifelike plush tiger sharks twenty-three inches in length, I think our variety and selection speaks volumes of our love for these amazing animals.  Take a look at our selection and bring home a tiger shark plush companion of your very own.

I hope you enjoyed this step into The Wild Side with tiger shark information.  You can read about the other shark species featured in our 2017 Shark Safari here. Subscribe to our blog to explore more animals in the future.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.  And, as always, thank you for reading.

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