Tiger Shark Facts
- Name: Tiger Shark
- Binomial Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
- Lifespan: Between 27 and 30 years (average)
- Diet: Carnivorous
- Length: Up to 16.5 feet
- Weight: Up to 2,000 pounds
13 Tiger Shark Facts for Kids
- The binomial name for a tiger shark is Galeocerdo cuvier.
- Tiger sharks get their name because of their dark tiger-like stripes.
- The average length of a tiger shark is between 10.8 and 13.11 feet.
- The average weight of a tiger shark is between 850 and 1,400 pounds.
- Female tiger sharks can reach a length over 16.5 feet and weigh over 2,000 pounds.
- Tiger sharks have six senses: hearing, electroreception, sight, smell, taste and touch.
- The tiger shark is a macropredator and a carnivore.
- Tiger sharks are nocturnal hunters and hunt alone.
- A tiger shark’s diet includes fish, dolphins, sea turtles, rays, crustaceans and other sharks.
- Tiger sharks will eat whatever they can find, hence their nickname “wastebaskets of the ocean”.
- Female tiger sharks can give birth to between 10 and 100 pups.
- The average length of a newborn tiger shark is between 20 and 30 inches.
- Tiger sharks are the second most common species involved in fatal attacks on humans.
Tiger Shark Pictures
A close-up picture of a tiger shark.
Credit: David Acuña, CDF
A side view picture of a tiger shark.
Credit: David Snyder
A picture of a diver with a tiger shark.
Credit: Jason Williams
Additional Resources on Tiger Sharks
- Tiger Shark – Oceana – Find more tiger shark facts for kids on the Oceana website.
- Are Tiger Sharks Dangerous? Plus, More Tiger Shark Facts – Explore how dangerous tiger sharks are on the ThoughtCo website.
- Tiger Shark – Wikipedia – Discover more awesome tiger shark facts for kids on the Wikipedia website.