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· Tiger sharks are named for the dark, vertical stripes found mainly on juveniles. As they mature, the lines begin to fade.

· They are second only to great whites in attacking people. But because they have a near completely undiscerning palate, they are not likely to swim away after biting a human, as great whites frequently do.

· Tiger sharks will eat anything, including trash, which has earned them the nickname trash can of the sea.

· They have sharp, highly serrated teeth and powerful jaws that allow them to crack the shells of sea turtles and clams.

· They are heavily harvested for their fins, skin, and flesh, and their livers contain high levels of vitamin A, which is processed into vitamin oil. They have extremely low repopulation rates, and therefore may be highly susceptible to fishing pressure. They are listed as near threatened throughout their range.