Facts About the Baby Tiger Shark

AnimalSake Staff Nov 1, 2018
Many people assume that the young ones of a tiger shark make ideal pets as they are not aggressive, which is absolutely incorrect. The fact is that they are as bad of a choice for keeping as pets as the adult tiger sharks are.
There are some species of sharks - such as the nurse shark, leopard shark, horn shark, etc., which make ideal pets, but tiger sharks do not feature in this list, and the rule implies for the young ones of this species as well.

Juvenile Tiger Sharks

Aggressive behavior - especially when it comes to hunting, is a characteristic behavioral instinct in tiger shark species - something which they develop within a few days of their birth. This can be attributed to the fact that baby tiger sharks are left to fend for themselves right from the time they are born.
With such behavioral instincts, keeping them as pets doesn't sound to be a good idea at all. You will become well-versed with more of such tiger sharks facts as you move on with this write-up.

Mating and Birth

Mating in tiger shark species takes place somewhere between March and May, following which young ones take birth somewhere between April and June the next year. The tiger shark is the only species in the family of requiem sharks which is ovoviviparous in nature - i.e. organism which produces living young from eggs that hatch within the body.
The litter consists of 10-80 pups on an average. The young ones in this species develop inside their mother's body for as long as 16 months before they take birth. As in case of various other species of sharks, the young ones of tiger shark are known as pups.

Size and Appearance

At the time of its birth, a tiger shark is 20-30 inches in length. That is in stark contrast to an adult tiger shark which measures 10-14 ft and weighs a whopping 849-1,400 lb. The young ones of this species are typically characterized by spots across the length of their body, instead of stripes which are seen in adults.
As they grow, these spots are transformed into stripes which happen to be the characteristic attribute of the tiger sharks from which they derive their common name.
While their natural habitat happens to be the deep waters of open ocean, the young ones prefer to stay in shallow water. This is where their spots turn out to be amazing camouflage tools, and help them stay out of the sight of their predators.

Diet and Behavior

The size of the tiger shark has a crucial role to play when it comes to feeding habits. They eat a range of small marine organisms including bony fish species, squids, etc. when they are born. As they continue to grow and attain a considerable size, they begin feeding on young ones of sea turtles, baby seals, etc. As they grow, they graduate to larger prey.
Even though they attain a significant length within a year of their birth, they only reach sexual maturity at the age of five and that's when the reproduction cycle in tiger sharks starts all over again with the process of mating.
Even though most of the tiger shark attacks on humans in the wild are curiosity driven - and not predatory in nature, the aggressive nature of this species is one of the numerous factors for which you should give up on the idea of keeping it as a pet.
While that's the most important reason, other reasons such as the size of this species, their rapid growth, etc. are good enough for you to refrain from keeping them as pets.