The Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is the only extant member of the genus Galeocerdo. It is a large macropredator, capable of attaining a length over five meters.
Populations are found in many tropical and temperate waters, especially around central Pacific islands. Its name derives from the dark stripes down its body, which resemble a tiger's pattern, but fade as the shark matures. The tiger shark is a solitary, mostly nocturnal hunter. It is notable for having the widest food spectrum of all sharks, with a range of prey that includes crustaceans, fish, seals, birds, squid, turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, and even other smaller sharks.
It also has a reputation as a "garbage eater", consuming a variety of inedible, man-made objects that linger in its stomach. It is considered a near threatened species because of finning and fishing by humans.
The Tiger shark is second only to the great white in recorded fatal attacks on humans, but these events are still exceedingly rare. This one was from Madagascar waters, mounted in a handmade brass support on a black lacquered wood base.