Tiger Shark or Great White?

Tiger Shark or Great White?

Elusive and dangerous, the tiger shark is high on the Shark Men’s  list for tagging. Little is known about these sharks and there is much research to be done. This week’s tiger shark makes a first for the team on this trip. It’s understandable that they would be excited. Everybody loves a “bad boy” and the tiger shark’s reputation for being dangerous is only outdone by the great white shark.  So what makes a tiger shark different from a great white?

Hungry Like a Tiger

The tiger shark only has an obvious stripe pattern when it is young, but like the forest predator that shares its stripes and name, it is a voracious hunter. However, it doesn’t have a discriminating palate. Tiger sharks are known for a varied diet and for gulping down just about anything that could possibly be edible including license plates and tires. What it is often known for as well is its willingness to put the occasional human on the menu. While the tiger shark doesn’t seek out people for consumption, it is not a good idea to be in the wrong place at feeding time. Second only to great white sharks in human attacks, the tiger sharks can be more dangerous as they are not as willing to leave an unfinished meal.

Kinder and Gentler Great White?

The great white shark although responsible for one third to one half of shark attacks on any given year actually doesn’t seem to have much of a hankering for humans. Curious by nature, the great white’s bites seem to be a taste test which results in the great white moving on for a more appetizing meal. So we aren’t actually on the menu. The great white is however, the largest of the sharks, averaging 15 feet and sometimes growing longer than 20 feet and weighing in at a whopping 5,000 pounds. Being tasted by one is not good for your health.

The Better to Eat You With

The tiger shark is a somewhat smaller shark than the great white, but still one of the largest. The tiger shark commonly reaches a length of 10 to 14 feet, but can grow as large as 20 feet.  They can also weigh between 850 and 1,900 pounds. This voracious eater may be smaller than a great white, but it has impressive and distinct teeth with curved cusps and finely serrated edges, unlike the great white’s triangular teeth. The tiger shark’s upper and lower teeth are similar in shape and size, getting smaller toward the mouth’s corners creating in an impressive bit of engineering that works equally well for grabbing and for cutting. According to these Shark Men, these nasty teeth also match a more irritable temperament than the white sharks which they are accustomed to tagging.

So which would you rather wrestle, a great white or a tiger shark? Watch when Shark Men tag their first tiger shark in Mexican water and decide for yourself!


  1. Morgan
    January 19, 2013, 12:14 am

    Oh, a great white. It seems these sharks have more of a bite and release tactic, and tigers are notorious for coming back for more! Plus statistically more people survive great white attacks. Or I’ll just stay out of the ocean:)

  2. chris
    March 26, 2013, 7:35 am

    I would say a great white would win because it has the strongest bite pressure of any LIVING creature. Also, it is larger. And lastly, they are capable of hunting other sharks.

  3. jayflounor
    April 12, 2013, 1:05 pm


  4. Angel
    May 29, 2013, 9:36 am

    crazy my favorite is the tiger shark

  5. joseph cool
    detroit mi
    July 11, 2013, 3:12 pm

    Actually gators and crocs have much more powerfully bites than any shark. A sharks bite is pretty unimpressive bit it doesn’t need a strong jaw with all those big razor sharp teeth. The largest tiger shark ever caught was actually longer than any great white ever recorded and a sleaker better all around killing machine. Killer whales have been known to hunt and kill great white sharks making them one of the top ocean predators only behind large bull sperm whales

  6. Sam
    December 24, 2013, 1:32 pm

    Actually Chris a great white shark bite pressure is considerably less than expected, although its large size and weight, the bull shark has the highest bite pressure of all sharks. Which is a shame cause I prefer the tiger shark and I have heard that they can physically rip a man in half with the teeth and speed they build when biting a man. Also with their attitude to eat anything such as metal has been found inside them, and being know to attack whales, the tiger shark is my favorite shark species. Also agreeing with Joseph I believe the Crocodile has one of the worsts bites, especially with its lock on jaw.

  7. hugh jass
    united states
    February 6, 2014, 3:06 am

    chris before u comment get ur facts right a great whites jaw power is the same as a humans but the teeth is the thing that kill besides tiger sharks have killed more people then bull or tiger in the us stats:tiger shark 43 fatal tiger shark attacks/bull shark 36 and great white 28 so yeah tiger would probs win!

  8. joey
    May 31, 2014, 12:00 am

    Actually killer whales do not hunt great whites. This is based on 1 incident and the shark in question was not fully grown. A fully grown great white fight v an orca is a non entity as they would both avoid each other. As for the person who said a g whites bite is the same as a human, eh no you fool. Finally, if you are the sort of person who wonders who who would win a fight, the answer is obviously not a tiger shark. Well done, you fucking clowns

  9. heaven nevaeh crews
    June 22, 2014, 2:11 pm

    i will say i go with both because i love the great white and the tiger shark because i actully but i think it would be a tie because a tiger shark got more teeth than a great white BUT the great white is kinda the number one deadilist shark there is in the world so i cant really choose because i study them . BUTi study sharks so whatever

  10. heaven nevaeh crews
    June 22, 2014, 2:15 pm

    i will say i go with both because i love the great white and the tiger shark because i think it would be a tie because a tiger shark got more teeth than a great white BUT the great white is kinda the number one great shark there is in the world so i cant really choose because i study them . BUT i study sharks so whatever

  11. heaven nevaeh crews
    orlando/ flordia
    June 22, 2014, 2:18 pm

    i go with both but great white is strong . but tiger can shred u into pecies so its hard

  12. Matt
    December 7, 2014, 7:21 am

    Well i fight between a Tiger shark and great white of same size…..A tiger would win! Great whites are an ambush predator and would have to attack from below or behind to land a fatal bite, Tiger sharks are very flexible and are one of the few sharks that could bite there own tale…..a great white cannot! and are no where near as aggressive as the Tigers can be. As for bite pressure the great whites bite isn’t much stronger then a humans! they use speed and weight combined with sharp triangular teeth to remove flesh, the tiger uses strength and pressure. As heaven nevaeh crews would agree with me on this for studying sharks. If anyone disagrees please respond i would like to discuss this further, as i live here in australia where we have most of the largest great whites and tiger sharks ever caught! and basic knolwedge of sharks is a must when using our waterways and swimming at beaches.

  13. Matt
    December 7, 2014, 7:44 am

    As for joeys comment! Orcas do hunt sharks (including Great Whites) they have been filmed many times grabbing sharks flipping them upside down putting them in a coma which is called Tonic Immobility they then feed on them, plus Great Whites and Orcas do hunt each other! Great Whites need food to survive they often feed on sick or dying whales (including Orcas) for blubber and Orcas hunt and kill Great Whites for food and to protect there young, its called instinct.

  14. 3hunna
    December 21, 2014, 2:38 am

    joey u dont know shit a fucking killer whale would destroy a great white ok. it would not avoid it, it will try and suceed in killing it 9/10 times at least. PS u guys are right crocs have the strongest bight pressure of all. a tiger shark and great white WOULD avoid eacother because neither one could kill the either at full grown size.

  15. 3hunna
    December 21, 2014, 2:46 am

    matt great whites do not hunt orcas, and NEITHER A GREAT WHITE OR TIGER SHARK COULD KILL ONE ANOTHER OK, they will never fight because the do not care there is no point and they wou avoid eacother.have some common sense people. thats like asking who would win between a nile croc and a salty, they would never meet and they would probs avoid eachother if they did too close in size (saltys are 2-4 feet bigger on average)

  16. 3hunna
    December 21, 2014, 2:48 am

    tiger sharks are deadlier the great whites mr shark studier

  17. Gianluca P.
    Sardinia (Italy)
    February 28, 2015, 4:14 pm

    never heard of an Orcinus orca attacked by a Carchardon carcharias (great white) or a Galocerdo cuvier (tiger shark)! Only in “Jaws 2″(ridiculous movie) it could happen this thing 🙂

  18. Molly Hodges
    March 4, 2015, 2:52 pm

    I would say a tiger shark is more aggresive because it will bite you even if you don’t bother it. They wouldn’t get you out of the ocean if there is a great white but they will get everybody out when they see a tiger shark

  19. Molly Hodges
    March 4, 2015, 2:53 pm

    I would say a tiger shark is more aggresive because it will bite you even if you don’t bother it. They wouldn’t get you out of the ocean if there is a great white but they will get everybody out when they see a tiger shark

  20. Shehryar
    March 28, 2015, 9:02 am

    Great White Shark is more lager and powerfull than tiger so it would win in the fight

  21. Jbo
    April 17, 2015, 11:03 am

    I would rather die then fight them, their awesome though I wonder how they taste I bet like chicken

  22. Derek
    Los Angeles, California
    July 8, 2015, 2:51 pm

    You all have it wrong, sharktopus would wreck them all, so get rekt m8s, pfft scrubs, I’m obviously kidding but under the nearly impossible and extremely obscure chances of them fighting each other, saying that they are about the same size, the tiger shark would probably win, although it’d probably die of it’s wounds soon after

  23. Edward
    September 4, 2015, 7:17 am

    The tiger shark is faster than a great white oh yes and a tiger shark can kill people in seconds the tiger shark is defenatily the fastest shark in the Ocean don’t you know that thats fasanating alright. ☺

  24. Brian
    December 31, 2015, 10:54 am

    Orcas do hunt Great Whites, one pod specialises in this, and it does not happen the other way round, and Edward the fastest shark in the ocean is the Short Fin Mako, not the Tiger.

  25. Michelangelo
    New York City
    February 25, 2016, 8:49 pm

    I like turtles…

  26. Paul
    April 30, 8:25 pm

    Great Whites do not attack the percentage of people, this article claims. They may be the most deadliest shark confirmed living, but not the most attacks. Bull sharks are the ones that have the most attacks. They swim in fresh water too.

  27. Paul
    April 30, 8:33 pm

    Great whites are faster than Tiger sharks. Only a short finned Maco shark is faster than a Great White. Tiger Sharks are known to get close to the same length as Great Whites, about at most a foot off. Great Whites are the heaviest predator shark captured. Megladon is the biggest shark that has been found in history.

  28. teomur66
    May 1, 12:51 pm

    I disagree