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Largest Tiger Shark Ever Recorded

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Tiger shark. Albert Kok, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The tiger shark reigns as a titan in the big blue. One massive shark, caught off the coast of Ulladulla, Australia, in 2004, holds the record for the largest tiger shark ever recorded.

The Occasion

Tiger sharks have excellent sense of smell and sight. Image via Kris Mikael Krister, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Weighing an astounding 1,785 pounds and 11 ounces, this oceanic giant was captured by the intrepid angler Kevin J. Clapson. However, the record is not without intrigue, as it shares the throne with a 1964 catch by Walter Maxwell in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, under the stringent rules of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).

Other Accounts Of Massive Tiger Sharks

Tiger Shark (galelcerdo cuvieri), underwater view.
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The largest males are said to be 4 m (13 ft 1 in) and exceptionally large females over 5 m (16 ft 5 in). Particularly large female tiger sharks can weigh up to 2,900 lbs (1,300 kg). According to reports, one pregnant female caught off Australia was 5.5 meters (18 feet 1 inch) long and weighed 1,524 kilograms (3,360 pounds).

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A Marvel of the Depths

Meet the Man that Has Been Friends With a Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark. Image via Depositphotos

Named for the distinctive vertical stripes adorning its body, the tiger shark is a member of the requiem shark family. These creatures traverse the tropical and temperate realms of the oceans, exploring depths of up to 1,150 feet.

From Birth to Record-Breaking

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A close up of a Tiger Shark. Image via Depositphotos

Tiger sharks typically range from 11 to 14 feet in length and weigh between 800 and 1,400 pounds. Each newborn measures between 20 and 30 inches, showcasing the shark’s prolific reproductive capabilities.

Gender Impacts Size

Picture shows a Tiger shark at the Bahamas. Image via Depositphotos

Interestingly, the females of the species often surpass their male counterparts, a phenomenon attributed to their role in birthing litters of 10 to 80 pups.

The Apex Predator’s Menu

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Feeding on an array of prey, the tiger shark is an apex predator. From fish and crustaceans to sea snakes, sea birds, seals, dolphins, and even smaller sharks, this voracious hunter displays a remarkable adaptability in its diet.

Not Always The Top Dog

Meet the Man that Has Been Friends With a Tiger Shark
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However even these fearsome predators are not immune to predation. In a rare event captured on film in 2014, killer whales were observed hunting a tiger shark. This shows the dynamic interactions within the ocean’s ecosystem.

A Historic Pursuit

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Tiger shark swimming in the ocean. Image via Depositphotos

The pursuit of the largest tiger shark is a saga filled with determination. In 1964, Walter Maxwell’s battle on Cherry Grove Pier led to the capture of a colossal 1,780-pound tiger shark, a record that stood unchallenged for four decades.

Chasing Records

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Tiger shark in deep water. Image via Depositphotos

The tie with Kevin J. Clapson’s 2004 catch exemplifies the stringent criteria set by the IGFA, requiring a new record to exceed the previous by 0.5%.

Unseen Giants

TIger shark in the Bahamas. Image by Divepics on depositphotos.

While the recorded catches provide astonishing glimpses into the world of tiger sharks, larger individuals remain elusive. In 2018, marine biologist Kori Garza encountered a massive female tiger shark. Secondly, she was measuring between 16 and 18 feet off the shores of French Polynesia.

The Enigmatic Depths of the Ocean

Watch This: Fisherman's Encounter with Massive Tiger Shark
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Unfortunately due to sanctuary regulations, direct measurement was impossible. Thus leaving this huge shark to continue its journey undisturbed. The subsequent search for this massive shark (named Kamakai) remains intriguing.

Unveiling the Depths

Live sharksucker (Echeneis naucrates) and the sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus), also known as the grey nurse shark. Image by wrangel via

As marine biologists continue their explorations, the South Pacific emerges as an underrated hotspot for tiger shark activity. Kori Garza’s findings suggest that the sharks in this region may be growing larger than their counterparts in other areas.

A Future of Discovery

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This discovery hints at a healthier marine ecosystem. It opens up the possibility that an even more massive tiger shark than Kamakai awaits discovery. Moreover the uncharted depths of the ocean need continued exploration.

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