bull shark

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Definition of bull shark 

: an aggressive requiem shark (Carcharhinus leucas) of tropical to subtropical coastal waters that has a short, blunt snout and small eyes, is tolerant of freshwater and may spend extended periods in rivers, and has been known to attack people Bull sharks—believed to be the culprits in the two recent Florida attacks—are especially pugnacious and often found in shallow water. —Prakash Gandhi et al.

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The planes can be found by searching for each aircraft's tail number: great white (N470WN), hammerhead (N705SW), mako (N961WN), tiger shark (N553WN) and bull shark (N947WN). Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Southwest planes get some teeth to honor Discovery Channel's Shark Week," 9 July 2018 The bull shark aircraft launched from Hobby Airport, the great white shark and hammerhead shark aircraft launched from Dallas, the tiger shark aircraft launched from Chicago and the mako shark aircraft launched from Phoenix. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Southwest planes get some teeth to honor Discovery Channel's Shark Week," 9 July 2018 Australian waters also have the three shark species that account for the majority of fatal shark attacks: tiger sharks, bull sharks, and great white sharks. Jeremy Hsu, The Atlantic, "Can AI Stop Shark Attacks?," 31 Mar. 2018 Giant Nile crocodiles, aggressive bull sharks and enormous barracudas are all frequently spotted in the lagoon. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "A Next-Level Safari Vacation: The Africa Few Adventurers See," 9 May 2018 The sharks are often mistaken for bull sharks, say experts. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Species of shark thought to be extinct shows up in the last place scientists expected | Charlotte Observer," 23 Apr. 2018 Between 1995 and 2009, the reef’s biodiversity increased 463 percent, and every major species returned, even large predators like bull sharks and manta rays. New York Times, "Place 10 of 52: In Los Cabos, Beaches Abound, but So Does Generosity," 24 Apr. 2018 It's believed he was attacked by a bull shark or tiger shark, reported the New York Post. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Tourist's arms and legs 'ripped to shreds' in Brazil by shark in waist deep water | Charlotte Observer," 17 Apr. 2018 The 8-foot, 7-inch female shark was the Ganges river shark, occasionally mistaken for the common bull shark. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "'Extremely rare' shark seen for first time in a decade at fish market," 20 Apr. 2018

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1913, in the meaning defined above

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