Tiger sharks can be found off of both the East and West coasts of the United States. Atlantic tiger sharks inhabit the coasts from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Pacific tiger sharks inhabit the coasts from southern California to more southern areas, as well as the waters surrounding Hawaii and the Solomon and Marshall Islands.
Tiger sharks typically live in coastal waters that are close to shore and can spread out to the outer continental shelf offshore, as well as around island groups farther out at sea. Because of the tiger shark’s slow rate of growth and sparse reproduction habits, it is highly vulnerable to fishing practices.