***Original Oil on Canvas 24 x 36 inches
Common Name: Tiger Shark
Genus & Species: Galeocerdo cuvier
Average life span in the wild: Up to 50 years
Size: 10 to 14 ft (3.25 to 4.25 m)
Weight: 850 to 1,400 lbs (385 to 635 kg)
Did you know? The tiger shark’s reputation as an indiscriminate eater that will swallow anything it finds, including garbage, has earned it the nickname “wastebasket of the sea.” The stomach contents of captured tiger sharks have included stingrays, sea snakes, seals, birds, squids, and even license plates and old tires.
Human Interaction: Tiger Sharks are heavily harvested for their fins, skin, and flesh, and their livers contain high levels of vitamin A, which is processed into vitamin oil. They have extremely low repopulation rates, and therefore may be highly susceptible to fishing pressure. They are listed as near threatened throughout their range.