Tiger sharks live in warm water, can grow to be more than 16 feet long and eat a wide range of food. For instance, tiger sharks aren't picky about their meals, eating birds and sea turtles or dolphins.
The tiger shark gets its name from the dark strips on its hide. However, as it matures, the distinctive stripes tend to fade a little. Adult tiger sharks generally grow to between 10 and 14 feet long and weigh up to 1,400 pounds; they can live up to 50 years. Along with its vertical stripes, the tiger shark is characterized by its large, blunt nose.
The tiger shark feeds on a variety of food, aided by its serrated, sharp teeth. Its powerful jaws can crack the tough shells of turtles. Although it usually eats other living organisms, it also swallows non-food items such as tires and metal. It has even been known to attack humans and is the second most-likely species of shark to be man-eaters.
Tiger sharks live in the warm, tropical waters around the equator in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans; they exist off both coasts of North and South America, Africa, Australia and in the waters of Southeast Asia.