The developing stripes of a Tiger are unique to every shark, kind of like a fingerprint! The focus of this artwork was to practice drawing their patterns, and learn more about baby Tiger Sharks along the way!
Tiger Sharks are masters of camouflage, with their distinct tiger-like pattern that seems to ungulate from translucent to dark as they glide through the sea. This patterning got me thinking about camouflage, and how amazingly well it works for them! When a Tiger is born, its only 2 feet long and covered in very distinct stripes, allowing the young predator to blend in easily to rocky, grassy and coral environments. This camouflage was developed over millions of years, likely because it helped the survival rate of young sharks! As the Tiger gets older, the patterns begin to recede and fade, forming more translucent tiger markings! Here's a baby tiger shark to give you an idea of how these animals develop as they age! It's fascinating to see nature do her work