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Tiger Shark Vs Great White Sharks

Tiger Shark Vs Great White Sharks

Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier), are the large-sized species of sharks. Their size is equivalent to that of the white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), but these tiger sharks look somewhat less massive compared to the great white sharks.

Tiger Shark
The tiger sharks are less well-known among the average population. This is quite surprising since the tiger sharks are one of the largest and perhaps most common predator in the Bahamas. They are second among the most caught shark species in the Western Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and Cuba. These sharks are one of the few shark species who change their body forms as well as their skin pattern during their growth. Another important feature of these tiger sharks is their amazingly formed teeth, allowing them to rip apart almost any prey. The Tiger sharks have been recorded as second on the basis of attacks on humans after the great white shark. These sharks are very aggressive in nature and hunt very eagerly for food. The tiger shark is the second largest shark found in the world. They have amazing eyesight, which helps them to hunt at night.

Great White Sharks
Great white sharks are yet considered as a mystery, because the scientists are still trying to unravel the lifestyle of these giants of the deep sea. Scientists are still not sure of the age of a great white shark or how long they live. The scientists are continuously struggling to know that how often and where these sharks breed, and how quickly they grow. The shark experts are of the view that these great whites take a long time to reach the fearsome proportions of record, but the over fishing of these creatures has led to a rapid decline in their numbers. They play an important role in their ecosystem, as they eliminate the weak and the sick from their environment and also keep in check the numbers of seal and sea-lion. As the great white sharks are decreasing in number, the number of sea-lion is increasing and as a result there is a decline in the salmon populations along the coast of California and Oregon.

Mythological Relation-Tiger Shark and Great White Shark
It is somewhat surprising that the old Hawaiians gave the same name, "Niuhi" to both the tiger shark and white shark. Many shark species which were found in Hawaiian waters were honored as being sacred and above all they were even considered as the reincarnations of dead family members. These both species played a significant role in local mythology. Legends reveal that many Kings living in the historical Hawaiian atmosphere acquired their feeling of future events by consuming the eyes of the "Niuhi". It is said that the mother of the most famous King of Hawaii (named as King Kamehameha) asked for "Niuhi" eyes when she was pregnant because they supposedly would enhance the leadership qualities of the future King she was carrying. Tiger sharks were considered as a very special shark species not only in the Pacific but also in the Maldives, and here they were they were popularly called as "Femunu".