Tiger Shark Facts Mutual of Omaha

posted: 05/15/12
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Overview - The distinctive tiger shark lives in both coastal and open seawaters, usually from the surface to around 459 feet. Young members of this species sport black stripes arranged over their otherwise gray backs and sides. These stripes can fade as the shark ages, making it look more like a great white than a tiger shark. Somehow it seems appropriate that this nocturnal, aggressive shark prefers dark, murky waters. It is adaptable, though, and can live in everything from river estuaries to lagoons. Solitary animals, tiger sharks may often be found at their lowest depths during the daytime. When the sun goes down, the sharks then frequently swim upward to higher levels, moving inshore to shallower waters where they make their evening dinner kills.

Cool Fact - Tiger sharks have very wide ranges and may travel thousands of miles between continents.

Depth - As deep as 459 feet

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