It’s International Tiger Day, which raises awareness for tiger conservation around the world. At the beginning of the 20th century, there was thought to be 100,000 wild tigers. Today, there are only 3,900 tigers left. These beautiful creatures are in significant danger, but what’s going on with their underwater tiger shark ‘cousins’?
Tiger Shark Facts
Known scientifically as Galeocerdo Cuvier, the Tiger Shark gets its name from the stripes down its back, which fade as the shark gets older. They’re warm water sharks, often found at deep depths in a large band of latitude north and south of the equator.
Tiger sharks hunt at night and eat smaller sharks, fish, dolphins, birds, turtles, crustaceans and squid. With a lifespan known to be 12 years or longer, the gestation period for tiger sharks is around 16 months and each litter can produce between ten and 80 pups. Given that the biggest predator for tiger sharks, and all sharks for that matter, is humans, their large litters make tiger sharks the hardiest shark species around. Currently, tiger sharks are listed as ‘near threatened’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
While tiger sharks are one of the most aggressive shark species, you can actually see them in their natural habitat quite easily. Located one hour by boat from the west end of Grand Bahama Island, Tiger Beach is the world’s most reliable place to see these incredible species.
With quite a few shark regulars, like Hook, Emma and Princess, photographers from around the world flock to Tiger beach to capture incredible images of not only tiger sharks, but lemon and reefs sharks, too.
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