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Also known as:

Leopard shark

Spotted shark

Common Group Name:

Sharks

Family Name:

Carcharhinidae

Genus Name:

Galeocerdo

Species Name:

Galeocerdo cuvier


Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp teeth of sharks when handling them. The eating qualities of tiger sharks less than 120 cm (4 feet) long can be improved by killing them humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding. Sharks larger than around 120 cm (4 feet) long should be dispatched with a captive bolt tool or firearm (with appropriate safety precautions).


Fish Description:

  • A large shark with a stout grey body, with numerous distinctive darker vertical stripes dorsally, a short, blunt snout and distinctive cockscomb-shaped teeth.
  • Females mature at between 6-8 years old and 240-300 cm/ 8-10 feet long. They can live for at least 50 years, producing litters of 10 to 80+ young every second year.
  • Adult tiger sharks are indiscriminate top predators that eat a wide variety of prey, including turtles, fishes, sharks, rays, marine mammals, sea snakes and debris.
  • This species is dangerous and responsible for fatal attacks on humans.

Fish Distribution:

  • Tiger sharks occur worldwide throughout tropical and temperate waters in all the major oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Juveniles may be found in estuaries while adults occur from close inshore to beyond the continental shelf to at least 800 m (2500 feet) depth.

Fish Size Common Length:

Common between 210 and 360 cm (7-12 feet) long, maximum size around 750 cm (25 feet) long and 1400+ kg (3100 pounds).