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The Tiger sharks name derives from the distinctive dark bands that run from the top of its back down along its sides The stripes are very evident in younger sharks because the stripes start to fade away as it ages then turning a gray or brownish color However all of the Tiger sharks have an off-white ventral surface The Tiger sharks scientific name Galeocerdo cuvier consists of its Genus Galeocerdo and Species cuvier names The Tiger shark belongs to the Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Subphylum Vertebrata Class Chondrichthyes and Family Carcharhinidae Tiger sharks can grow in size up to 20 feet 6m and in weight 800 pounds Some Tiger sharks have exceeded these measurements but the average is about 12ft and 600lbs Tiger sharks can be found worldwide in tropical waters and most temperate seas They are most commonly found along the coast of South Africa the Philippines Australia the Indian and Pacific Oceans and in the Caribbeans The Tiger shark is quite flexible in tolerating different habitats They inhabit both the surfaces of shorelines and deep open waters up to 500 miles away from shore and 150m deep A few have been found in rivers and small lagoonsThe Tiger shark is second to the Great White in being most feared by humans They are very strong and fast They use their powerful caudal fins to swim over 20mph And they have an excellent sense of smell and keen eyesight Their teeth are saw-edged razor-sharp and curved Their teeth are located in rows and rotate into place as needed They replace the broken or worn down teeth in both the lower and upper jaws Most Tiger sharks swim in deep waters during the day and come to shore to feed during the night The Tiger shark has earned the nickname the garbage can shark They will take a bite out of anything and then sees if it likes it Many shocking objects have been found
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