Tiger shark attacks on divers occur everywhere, from the Gold Coast to Hawaii. Although they’re dwarfed by orcas, they can put up a good fight.
What is it?
The tiger shark, also known as the “Sea Tiger,” is one of the largest known species of sharks, reaching up to 18 ft (5.5 m) long and weighing up to 2,000 lbs (900 kg). It gets its name from the dark, vertical stripes running down the sides of its body resembling that of a tiger. It’s one of the most dangerous shark species out there responsible for a large percentage of fatal shark attacks. They’re second on the list for the number of recorded attacks on humans, the first being the great white shark.
Where is it located?
Tiger sharks tend to live close to the coast in warm tropic and subtropic waters throughout the world. Although they mostly live in deep waters, the occasionally tend to stray to more shallow levels to pursue prey. In Ken Grasing’s case, the shark attack occurred when he was snorkeling close to shore in just 5-foot deep water. They’ve also been known to chase divers to surface.
How will a tiger shark kill you?
Tiger sharks have extremely good vision, and it’s therefore believed by some native Hawaiians that its eyes have special visual perception powers. These sharks can also hunt in the dark by picking up on the vibrations their prey make in the water, such as humans swimming, diving, and snorkeling Most tiger sharks swim away after biting a human due to their indiscriminate palate. But their sharp teeth and powerful bite mean that if you’re not devoured by the beast, you may suffer from a fatal shark bite that can lead to drowning or bleeding to death.
How to survive:
Surviving a tiger shark attack is similar to that of surviving vs great white shark or vs bull shark attack. Your best bet when facing an attack is to strike the shark’s two most sensitive areas: its eyes and its gills. Ken Grasing survived by hitting it on the side of its head, causing the shark to release him, after which he was helped onto shore and treated for his wounds.