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A Tiger Reflection OL155828

In 1978, I was part of an ABC Natural History Film Unit team filming for a series of films in collaboration with the Queensland National Park and Wildlife Service. Our focus was on Dr Col Limpus's scientific achievements on marine turtles, with Raine Island being the primary feature of one of the six films. On my first day of diving, I was shocked by the number of sharks present, and during the closing moments of the day, a large curious tiger shark appeared, heading straight for me. Although I had my finger on the shutter, I missed the sequence. The next day, the ABC cameraman captured footage of a big shark biting an adult turtle in half in a single bite!

Tiger sharks are large, solitary, and primarily nocturnal predators that can reach over 5 meters long. It has a wide range of prey, including crustaceans, fish, seals, birds, squid, turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, and other sharks. It is known to consume inedible, artificial objects that linger in its stomach, earning it the nickname "garbage eater." The tiger shark is vulnerable to finning and fishing by humans and is considered a near-threatened species. Though rare, it has been known to attack humans, with only the great white shark having more recorded fatal attacks.
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In 1978, I was part of an ABC Natural History Film Unit team filming for a series of films in collaboration with the Queensland National Park and Wildlife Service. Our focus was on Dr Col Limpus's scientific achievements on marine turtles, with Raine Island being the primary feature of one of the six films. On my first day of diving, I was shocked by the number of sharks present, and during the closing moments of the day, a large curious tiger shark appeared, heading straight for me. Although I had my finger on the shutter, I missed the sequence. The next day, the ABC cameraman captured footage of a big shark biting an adult turtle in half in a single bite!<br />
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Tiger sharks are large, solitary, and primarily nocturnal predators that can reach over 5 meters long. It has a wide range of prey, including crustaceans, fish, seals, birds, squid, turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, and other sharks. It is known to consume inedible, artificial objects that linger in its stomach, earning it the nickname "garbage eater." The tiger shark is vulnerable to finning and fishing by humans and is considered a near-threatened species. Though rare, it has been known to attack humans, with only the great white shark having more recorded fatal attacks.