Tiger Shark

Shark Week continues with this tiger shark in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument! 

Tiger sharks are typically solitary and nomadic, often traveling up to 50 miles a day. In the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands of Papahānaumokuākea, tiger sharks are one of the main predators of albatrosses, waiting in the shallows for fledgelings who haven’t gotten the hang of flight yet. 

(Photo: Koa Matsuoka)


In honor of shark week and my love of sharks, I thought I’d post some shark facts … hopefully everyday … idk we’ll see
Tiger sharks are also commonly known as the ‘sea tiger’. It is called “tiger” because of the dark vertical stripes on its body. This shark is one of the largest that inhabit the oceans. They can reach between 10 and 14 feet in length and 850 to 1400 pounds in weight. Some tiger sharks can be as large as 20 feet in length or more.
Tiger Sharks are also commonly known as the Garbage can of the sea. They are definitely not picky eaters. Some contents found in the sharks stomachs are - license plates, tires, oil cans, cow hoofs, coal, clothing, etc. they also eat turtles, birds, and other sharks and fish.
Their maximum age can only be estimated, but they can definitely reach a minimum age of 12 years.
Pregnancy with tiger sharks lasts between 15 and 16 months. Normally, the young are born with a length of 50 to 70 centimeters, but depending on where they are born, the young may also be much larger.
Tiger sharks swim at an average speed of 2.4 mph (3.85 kph). They can swim in fast bursts, but can only sustain these high speeds for a few seconds. 🦈🌊