Blogging Through the Alphabet ~ “T” for Tiger Shark #abcblogging

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Joining up with Marcy over at Ben & Me for “Blogging through the Alphabet”.

Since our family has a general love and appreciation for all the animals the Lord has created…I am going to attempt to “Blog through the Alphabet” using animals. Here is what we have done so far:

A for Alpaca   B for Bearded Dragon   C for Crocodile   D for Donkey  E for Elephant Shrew   F for Fennec Fox   G for Grey Mouse Lemur   H for Howler Monkey   I for Indian Palm Squirrel  J is for Jellyfish  K is for Koala   L is for Lionfish   M is for Monitor Lizard  N is for Nurse Shark   O for Octopus  {skipped P}  Q for Quetzal  {skipped R}   S for Serval

And now…”T” for Tiger Shark…

I mentioned in my Nursing Shark post how I have had a fascination with sharks my entire life.

Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger sharks are common in tropical and sub-tropical waters throughout the world with the Atlantic Ocean being where they have been found the most. They tend to hang out near the top of the water so they are easily seen. They are normally found from the surface to 459 feet.

The tiger shark is so called because of the stripes they have as juveniles (they fade as they age).

They are one of the larger shark species, coming in fourth for size. They range in size from 10 – 14 feet and weigh 850 – 1400 pounds.

They are solidarity (usually live alone) and normally hunt at night. They have very large ranges and may travel up to thousands of miles.

A tiger shark is best known for its eating: it will eat any type of fish, shark, animal, and small entity it can find in the water. They are very curious by nature and will taste anything that comes their way. The stomachs of tiger sharks have been found with some very unique items inside of them. This includes pieces of boats and ships, jewelry, clothing, tires, books, and more. If it finds its way into the water there is a good chance a tiger shark is going to dine on it.

They are the second in line (after great whites) for attacking humans but they are more aggressive and less picky and are less likely to leave the human once bitten (as Great Whites often do).

Sharks have adaptations allowing them to be apex predators including:

  • Teeth that are replaced throughout their life
  • Sensitive smell receptors
  • Eyes that adapt quickly to low light levels
  • Lateral line receptors that sense movement in the water
  • Electroreceptors that detect electrical fields due to the presence of prey

They are slow to mature – 9 to 18 years depending on the species.

Females are ready to reproduce around the age of seven. Gestation averages 14 months. They are known to have large litters of 35 – 55 pups. They are on their own from birth. Normally reproduce every other year.

They have a life span of nearly 50 years.

I hope you have learned some fun things about the Tiger Shark! Come back next week to see what interesting facts we discuss about an animal that starts with the letter U!

Ben and Me

Here’s praying we all have fun learning!

 

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