Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark

Tiger sharks spend 36% of their time in shallow coastline habitats up to 145 m., and females are observed in shallow areas more often than males.

The tiger shark is found in the epipelagic zone of 0-200 meters and occasionally makes longer-distance excursions into the mesopelagic zone of 200-1,000 meters. Tiger sharks spend approximately 36% of their time in shallow coastline habitats, generally at depths of 2.5 to 145 meters. The species mostly occurs to 100-meter depth but has also been documented several kilometers from the shallow areas and at depths greater than 1,000 meters with 1,136 meters being the maximum recorded.

Female tiger sharks are observed in shallow areas more often than males.

The tiger shark is highly mobile has been noted to travel hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of kilometers.


Image | ©️ Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Sources | (Afonso & Hazin, 2015; Draper, 2011; Ferreira & Simpfendorfer, 2019; Heithaus, Dill, Marshall, & Buhleier, 2002; Heithaus, Hamilton, Wirsing, & Dill, 2006; Holmes, et al., 2014; Lea, et al., 2015; Werry, et al., 2014)

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