A 14 foot tiger shark

Tiger shark

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

Rank: Species

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The Tiger shark can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Australia, China, Great Barrier Reef, Indian subcontinent, South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Unknown

Year assessed: 2005

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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