Photo Credit: (c) Doug Perrine
Common throughout Florida and occurs worldwide in tropical and warm-temperate
waters. Found in a variety of habitats including river mouths, shallow bays, and open
Voracious feeders that will eat just about anything. Stomach contents have been reported
to include sea turtles, many species of bony fish, marine birds, other sharks, porpoises,
skates, rays, conchs, crabs, and garbage (for example, pieces of coal and wood, burlap
bags, small barrels, cans).
Gives birth to live young. Litters contain 10-80 pups. Size at birth 27-34 inches.
Maximum size about 18 feet in length and a weight of 2000 pounds. Matures at
approximately 7-10 years of age (about 10 feet) and is estimated to live 16+ years.
Valuable commercial species with marketable flesh, hide, fins, and liver. Recognized by
the International Game Fish Association as a big-game fish. Tiger sharks are second only
to the Great White shark in the number of attacks on humans worldwide.
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