What do tiger sharks eat?


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Tiger sharks will eat almost anything, such as stingrays, birds, sea snakes and seals, as they are scavengers in the ocean and are equipped with serrated razor-sharp teeth that enable them to break sea turtle shells as well as clams. The tiger shark also has a reputation as a maneater because it is surpassed only by the great white shark in the number of human attacks each year.

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Tiger sharks are found in the tropical and sub-tropical oceans on Earth. They typically weigh at a minimum 1,900 lbs. and grow in length to 20 or 25 feet. Humans capture tiger sharks for their flesh, skin and livers. The liver is particularly useful because it has lots of vitamin A that can be turned into a vitamin oil. Although the tiger shark is not currently considered endangered, it is listed as nnear threatened because it is not able to reproduce quickly, so too much human fishing could destroy the species.

The tiger shark typically lives up to 50 years in the wild and is known as the "wastebasket of the sea" due to its desire to eat almost anything that it can find. Some captured tiger sharks have even had license plates or other garbage found inside of their stomachs.

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