To about 18 ft (5.5 m).
- Dorsal surfaces of juveniles covered with dark blotches on bluish- or greenish-gray to black background; blotches fuse to form tigerlike vertical bars or stripes as shark grows; coloration fades to gray and stripes become less distinct in adults
- Snout blunt and wide, much shorter than width of mouth; long labial furrows around corners of mouth reaching eyes
- Teeth serrated with deep notch on outer margins, similar in both jaws
- Interdorsal ridge low
Cape Cod, MA, to Uruguay, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
Coastal waters close inshore to outer continental shelf; offshore including oceanic island groups.
Characteristic teeth and markings of tiger shark distinguish this species from other Atlantic sharks.
Text descriptions taken from:
Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes
of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico