Essay on Tiger Sharks

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Tiger Sharks

Description of Tiger SharksInformation about Tiger sharks is rare in books so most of this
paper will be about sharks in general. The Tiger Shark's Latin name is Galeocerdo cuvier.
Sharks are a member of the fish family. There are over 350 species of sharks. Sharks can
be as big as 49 feet long (whale shark) and as short as 6 inches (cigar shark). Sharks'
bodies do not have bones, but have cartilage instead. They have pointed heads with five
gills behind it. Sharks have very sharp teeth that are replaced whenever they lose teeth.
Sharks' skin can be reddish brown, bronze, metallic blue or nearly black, although most of
them are gray. Some have spots, bands and marbling. Their skin is leathery and covered
with small pointed scales which are so sharp that if petted in the opposite direction can
actually hurt your hand. Sharks have great senses. Their eyes are sensitive and can even
see in dim light. Their sense of smell is outstanding. They also have senses that humans
do not. Sharks can feel when other things are around them. Also, they have organs on their
snouts which tell them when other fish are around. Sharks are known to eat every creature
in the sea including their own kind. Some sharks eat only plants and plankton. Others
prefer live food. People have found very unusual things in sharks' stomachs such as hooves
of cows, horses, dogs, cats, goats and human corpses. Unlike bony fish which lay hundreds
of eggs at one time, sharks litters are much smaller. Some sharks have as few as two
offspring at a time. Bony fish babies are born small and puny. Shark "pups" are born fully
developed and are ready to eat the foods that full-grown sharks eat.Some of sharks'
behavior is interesting and understood. Other behaviors are still mysterious. For example,
sharks attack when they are hungry. But why they attack when they are not hungry, we do
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