blue shark

noun

Definition of blue shark

: a chiefly pelagic shark (Prionace glauca) that is found in all tropical and temperate seas and has been known to attack humans

Examples of blue shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Maine Department of Marine Resources website, the 11 receivers that were placed between Wells and Popham Beach State Park last year detected 16 sharks (14 white sharks, one blue shark, and one sand tiger shark). BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2021 The International Union for the Conservation of Nature designated the short fin mako as endangered, the great white, porbeagle and common thresher as vulnerable and the blue shark as near threatened. BostonGlobe.com, 23 May 2021 In 2016 alone, more than 80,000 tonnes of blue shark—a species listed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature—was caught in tuna fisheries in the Pacific Ocean alone. Christopher Pollon, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2021 The police in Valencia, Spain, saw a blue shark dying in the surf along a tiny stretch of beach. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2020 In the case of this large thresher in Libya, the female shark was lanced straight through the heart, and a blue shark found in 2016 off the coast of Spain had been stabbed in the brain. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Oct. 2020 Late in the day, a 5-foot long blue shark swam into our chum slick. Brian Skerry, National Geographic, 31 July 2020 For example, the blue shark will dive more than a thousand feet during the day but return to the surface to spend the night. Lauren Kent, CNN, 28 Nov. 2019 Leopard, mako and blue sharks have attacked humans in California as well. Allen Kim, CNN, 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of blue shark

1664, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jul 2021

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“Blue shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20shark. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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