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 Reports suggest that the woman may have been on a blue shark spotting snorkeling trip when the incident took place. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 The most common species the researchers identified was the blue shark, followed by the silky shark, which is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Mar. 2022 Oregon's Department of Fish & Wildlife lists the salmon shark, spiny dogfish, soupfin shark, common thresher shark, basking shark, blue shark as native to its coastal waters, among others. Julia Musto, Fox News, 26 Aug. 2021 Martin Yelland, 38, was diving just off the coast of Penzance when the blue shark — a species that can grow to be 13 feet long — swam straight towards him. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 16 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of blue shark

1664, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

15 Aug 2022

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“Blue shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20shark. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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