Sand tiger sharks have 44 to 48 upper teeth and 41 to 46 lower teeth, so they can have anywhere from 85 to 94 teeth in total. The front teeth are long and jagged and can be seen even when the shark's mouth is shut. Many of the sand tiger shark's teeth are small and are located in the back corners of its mouth.Continue Reading
The sand tiger shark, also known as the "ragged tooth" shark, typically swims with its mouth open displaying three rows of long, jagged teeth. When the shark shuts its mouth, its teeth appear to protrude at different angles, giving it its characteristically fierce aspect. Its second upper anterior teeth are around 23 millimeters long and 13 millimeters wide, while its first lower anterior teeth are 13.5 millimeters long and 2.5 millimeters wide. These teeth are smooth-edged but sharp.
While these sharks have powerful jaws and a lot of long, sharp teeth, they do not usually attack humans, but rather prefer using their teeth to prey on a variety of fish. These sharks constantly lose and grow new teeth. A sand tiger shark goes through around 1,000 teeth a year and up to 30,000 teeth during its lifespan.Learn more about Sharks
Great white sharks grow up to 21 feet long, have a lifespan of approximately 70 years and live in all the world's oceans. In contrast, tiger sharks grow to about 16 feet, have a lifespan of approximately 50 years and are only found in temperate climates, especially around islands in the Pacific. Though somewhat visually similar, the tiger shark also has characteristic tiger-stripe markings, though these are often faded in mature adults.Full Answer >
Tiger sharks have a row of 24 teeth in their upper jaw and a matching set of 24 teeth in the lower jaw, totaling 48 teeth. Tiger sharks have a square jaw structure, and each of their teeth are built with cutting and sawing mechanisms.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
Though sharks are considered apex predators, they are often eaten by humans and are sometimes eaten by killer whales. Shark embryos from different fathers will also eat each other in utero, with the largest embryo of the bunch usually winning out.Full Answer >