Tiger sharks have been nicknamed the dustbins of the sea, due to their voracious appetite and reputation for eating anything in their path. They are second to great whites as the record holders of attacks on humans. This is partly due to their occurrence in shallow waters and their indiscriminate feeding habits.
Scientific name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Tiger sharks return to the reef at the same time every year to feast on turtles.
Migrating over 800km, tiger sharks reach Raine Island on the Great Barrier Reef at exactly the same time every year. Their migration is timed to perfection in order to feast on the glut of 26,000 nesting green sea turtles that come here to lay their eggs. Unofficially known as the dustbins of the sea, tiger sharks do not have to waste time hunting live turtles. Instead, they are able to feast on those turtles that die in their attempts to reproduce.
The following habitats are found across the Tiger shark distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Unknown
Year assessed: 2005
Classified by: IUCN 3.1