The Tiger Shark is a large potentially dangerous species that is usually found in coastal, tropical marine waters.
The Tiger Shark can be recognised by its blunt head, serrated cocks-comb-shaped teeth and its colouration. Small juveniles are grey with dark reticulations, which change to vertical bars in fish up to 3 m in length. The bars may be faint or lacking in individuals longer than 3 m.
Although sometimes seen well offshore, it is not an oceanic species.
The Tiger Shark occurs worldwide in tropical and some subtropical waters.
In Australia the Tiger Shark is known from south-western Western Australia around the tropical north and south to the southern coast of New South Wales coast.
Feeding and diet
It is a scavenger that will eat a wide range of prey and even indigestible objects. Turtles and fishes are common prey items and perhaps surprisingly also oceanic pufferfishes (Bonnie Holmes, pers comm. 2011)
Danger to humans
Its large size, scavenging nature and shallow-water feeding result in it being dangerous to people.
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