sand tiger shark

Sand Tiger Shark

Sand Tiger sharks – or Carcharias Taurus - look ferocious! And they are! They are voracious predators, feeding mostly at night and close to the ocean floor. They can grow to be over 3 metres long.

But don’t worry. Their diet consists of just small fish, crustaceans and squid. They are found in warm or temperate waters throughout the world’s ocean, with the exception of the Eastern Pacific.

The Sand Tiger shark has one curious habit though. They are the only shark we know that comes up to the surface of the water and take gulps of air, which they hold in their stomachs. This clever trick enables them to achieve neutral buoyancy and float motionless in the water, waiting for prey.

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