Some of these data gaps may be regional. Technical or methodological approaches to acquiring these data are suggested. Some of these technologies already exist, some are in development and some exist in concept only. Reproductive biology and behavior, social interactions and the behavioral ecology of sub-adults are among the areas identified as deserving of future research effort. Tiger sharks Galeocerdo cuvier are large, iconic predators with a circumglobal distribution in warm waters Compagno,
Tiger sharks have been sighted from the eastern coast of North America to the eastern coast of Brazil. Driggers III, et al. Tiger sharks are a saltwater species. Although they prefer the sea grass ecosystems of the costal areas, they occasionally inhabit other areas due to prey availability. This species, however, has been documented several kilometers from the shallow areas and at depths up to m.
Tiger sharks are named for their distinctive color pattern. The body is gray with dark gray vertical bars or spots on the flanks with a pale or white underside. The markings are especially distinctive in juveniles but diminish with age. Tiger sharks are among the largest of the sharks and are recorded up to cm 18 ft long.
The Tiger shark is found in many of the tropical and temperate regions of the worlds oceans and is especially common around islands in the central Pacific. The Tiger shark is often found close to the coast, in mainly tropical and sub-tropical waters, though they can reside in temperate waters. The Tiger shark is a member of the order Carcharhiniformes members of this order are characterized by the presence of a nictitating membrane over the eyes, two dorsal fins, an anal fin and five gill slits. It is the largest member of the Carcharhinidae family, commonly referred to as requiem sharks.