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Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) Photographs and Information



Tiger Sharks - Dorsal spines (total): 0 - 0; Anal spines: 0. A large, spindle-shaped shark with large black eyes, a sharp snout, and large, narrow, hooked teeth with smooth edges. Caudal fin lunate, lower lobe strongly developed. Dark blue above, white below. Tiny second dorsal and anal fins.

Dorsal spines (total): 0 - 0; Anal spines: 0. A huge, vertical tiger-striped shark with a broad, bluntly rounded snout, long upper labial furrows, and a big mouth with large, saw-edged, cockscomb-shaped teeth; spiracles present; caudal keels low. Grey above with vertical dark grey to black bars and spots which appear faded in adults, white below.

During the day adult tiger sharks usually occupy deeper water, making vertical migrations into shallow reef areas at night to feed.  Larger specimens may make midday excursions into inshore areas on overcast, rainy days (when light levels are low), or if they are injured or sick.

Juveniles and adolescents are more regular inhabitants of shallow water during the day, at least in certain areas. It has been suggested that smaller specimens occupy a different habitat than adults to avoid being eaten.

Overall, fishing data suggests the social structure of this species is ill-defined, with males and females displaying no or little segregation by size or sex and no distinct nursery areas. However, off Queensland, females are much more common inshore than males.

They do not school, but may aggregate around a large food source, like a whale carcass. They are usually solitary, but are sometimes observed in pairs.

This species is known to migrate to warmer waters during summer months.

 

Did you know? A group of sharks is called a "shiver"

Did you know? A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes

Scientific Name Galeocerdo cuvier
Location

Indo-West Pacific: Gulf of Oman to southeast Asia, north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia. This species has been referred to as Lutjanus malabaricus or Lutjanus altifrontalis by many recent authors. Occurrence in the Red Sea needs confirmation.

Size

81.6 cm FL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 8 years .

 

Nutritional Information
For every 100 grams raw product
for Shark fillet.

Kilojoules 420 (100 calories)
Protein 21.2 g
Cholesterol 48 mg
Sodium 90 mg
Total fat (oil) 0.9 g
Saturated fat 27% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 20% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 53% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 17 mg
Omega-3, DHA 252 mg
Omega-6, AA 30 mg

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SHARK RECIPES

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Angling for Tiger Shark | Tiger Shark Fishing :

14 ft tiger shark off Cairns, Australia
14 ft tiger shark off Cairns, Australia
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Tiger Shark caught in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by Lady Pamela II Sport Fishing Charters

Tiger Shark caught in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by Lady Pamela II Sport Fishing Charters

 


SHARK ATTACKS

International Shark Attack Files - How stats are gathered, the history of the file, how to report a shark attack and who to contact about the ISAF. Lots of information. Maps, graphs and reports based on statistics from the International Shark Attack File. Your risk of shark attack compared to your chances of getting bit by animals in NY City, hit by lightning, having an accident in your home, or being attacked by an alligator. Learn what the different types of attacks are, when and where they are most likely to occur.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Sharks/ISAF/ISAF.htm


Interesting Facts about Tiger Sharks:

This information is from Getsmart Challenge - Tiger Shark Quiz - How Stuff Works

They are named after a jungle cat and have a reputation for being bottomless pits when it comes to eating. Tiger sharks have been known to eat everything from deer antlers to explosives to a suit of armor. What makes them so willing to eat anything? And how do they compare to their fellow seafaring predators?

Galeocerdo cuvier, otherwise known as the tiger shark, gets its nickname from the spots and stripes that cover young members of the species. It's the second deadliest shark in terms of recorded attacks.

Some have deemed tiger sharks "garbage cans" because they eat nearly anything put in front of them, from seals and turtles to explosives and entire chicken coops with chickens in them.

Tiger shark pups are about 20 to 30 inches long when they're born but typically grow to be 10 to 14 feet long and weigh 850 to 1400 pounds.

Along with pectoral fins on its sides, a tiger shark's caudal fin, located on its tail, helps provide short bursts of speed when hunting prey. Otherwise, however, tiger sharks are considered relatively slow and sluggish.

Tiger sharks love warm waters in tropical regions off the coast. Murky waters in coastal areas provide them with an ample supply of food.

Generally, tiger sharks are thought to be nocturnal, though there are exceptions. In Hawaii, for example, tiger sharks feed during the day, because their prey, monk seals, are diurnal.

Usually, female tiger sharks give birth every 3 years or so. Some scientists attribute this to the fact that the mating process is thought to be quite painful for the female, who is bitten and held down by the male. Some sharks have scarring that provides evidence of these types of bites.

The average size of a litter of tiger shark pups is 40, although it can range from as few as 10 to as many as 80 pups. Females carry their young for a term of 14 to 16 months, but once the pups born, they must fend for themselves.

In Hawaii, the odds are stated to be about 1 in 5 million of being attacked by a shark. Along with great white and bull sharks, tiger sharks help make up 99 percent of the number of recorded shark attacks since 1580.

Tiger sharks not only have flexible palates, they also have ones that change with age. While younger ones feed on birds and sea snakes, they hunt for increasingly larger prey as their bodies and mouths grow.

 


Cooking Shark:

Colour of Raw Fillet:

Pink

Texture/firmness:

medium/firm, flaky.

Fat Content:

Low

Flavour: Medium, sweet. Mild to moderate fishy flavour

Smaller sharks have sweet and delicious flesh, and are popular for their boneless and thick flakes. They have been commonly used for the traditional fish and chips but should not be overlooked for barbecuing, poaching, braising and baking. Marinate first in oil and lemon to tenderise the flesh.

Remove the skin before cooking, particularly when barbecuing, to prevent it shrinking and tearing the flesh.

Excellent for soups, shark is most popularly used in Asian-style shark fin soup and can also be successfully combined with crab meat. The texture of shark also makes it a great ingredient for fish cakes or kebabs.

Make good use of the firm flesh and enhance the flavour by cooking slowly with strong tomato and herb sauce.

Ammonia odour in shark flesh can be reduced by soaking it in milk, vinegar and water or lemon juice. However, if ammonia odours are detected, it is advisable to reject the product.

Shark Recipes:
Mako Shark with Pineapple Salsa - Mako shark fillets with a pineapple, lime, red onion, mint, cilantro salsa

Marinated Shark Steaks - Shark marinated in soy sauce, rice wine, lemon juice, parsley, garlic and minced green onions.

Shark Salad - Carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, green peppers and Italian salad dressing over lettuce.

Shark Steaks Au Poivre - Shark steaks with a brandy and pepper cream sauce.

Microwave Cooking Times for Fish
- Fish fillets 5 minutes per 500g on medium-high, +50 seconds more for thicker fillets, or until flesh flakes
- Whole fish - Large 6 minutes/750g on medium
- Whole fish Small 3-4 minutes on medium

       
Tomato Seafood Sauce
for Blackened Shark
Mako Shark 2 Ways Shark - Cooking Dogfish Shark Curry
       

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