The Aquarium of the Pacific in the Long Beach is the only aquarium in the contiguous United States to have a tiger shark on exhibit--and they couldn't be prouder. The 5-foot baby is being studied as tiger sharks are often feared as the second-most dangerous shark in the ocean. They're also among the most endangered.
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Tiger sharks have slow re-population rates, but that hasn't stopped dickwads from heavily harvesting their fins, meat and livers. Vitamins and other every-day products contain shark oil and other byproducts from the tigers. If they don't wind up in your lotions, makeup or topical analgesics, many still are threatened thanks to ocean pollution. Known to eat just about anything in the wild, tiger sharks are nicknamed the "wastebasket of the sea." Cans, plastic bottles and other undigested trash have been found in their stomachs.
Christ, no wonder the lil' Galeocerdo cuvier above is smiling. He's just happy to be out of his oceanic hellhole! But don't call him lil' for long. Tiger sharks can grow up to 14 feet long and weigh more than 1,400 lbs.
This marks the first time Aquarium of the Pacific has displayed a tiger shark, which you can see daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Of course, you'll have to pay $23.95 if you're over 12, $11.95 if you're 3-11 and $20.95 if you're over 62 first. If you're 3 or under, it's free (and you're some kind of genius to be able to read this). Oh, and everyone gets in for the kids price after 5 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 6, when the aquarium remains open until 10 p.m.