Tiger Sharks Are Drawn to the Chaos of Hurricanes

FRIDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2021

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In contrast to other species, tiger sharks revel in the chaos caused by hurricanes.

One of the ocean's foremost predators, the sharks take their name from their distinctive patterning. While neither as massive as great whites nor as alarming in appearance as hammerheads, they are responsible for a significant percentage of the attacks and deaths recorded annually, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The study found tiger sharks are attracted to, rather than repelled, by the turbulent weather conditions the massive storms create. Many marine animals, including dolphins, flee at the first sign of high seas and strong winds, but tiger sharks stick around.

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