Tiger Shark

Female tiger shark (Greg Amptman / shutterstock.com)

A juvenile tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is easily identified by the dark stripes on its body. This pattern fades as the shark matures. Tiger sharks can reach 5.5 meters (18 feet) in length. They are usually not aggressive toward scuba divers. Yet, 138 unprovoked attacks (36 fatal) on humans have been reported as of 2023.

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This supplemental online resource accompanies the book Scuba Diving Hand Signals by Lars Behnke, available on Amazon.