bull shark


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.

Examples of bull shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The minimum size for a bull shark and a spinner is 64 inches. Priscilla Aguirre, Chron, 15 July 2021 Off the coast of Florida, Neil Hammerschlag, a marine ecologist, caught a bull shark more than 10 feet in length and weighing more than half a ton and has tracked it for more than nine years. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 Of the15 species identified, the most common by far was the nurse shark, followed by the blacktip, lemon and bull shark. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, 23 June 2021 Almost immediately after entering the water, a shark -- described by witnesses as an 8- to 10-foot bull shark -- slammed into Eddy and latched onto his shoulder, according to witnesses. Marika Gerken, CNN, 26 Sep. 2020 The sheriff’s office said that witnesses reported seeing a bull shark in the area, and that the one that attacked Eddy was between 8 and 10 feet long. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2020 The Sheriff’s Office received information that a bull shark had previously been spotted by boaters in the area. Eddy jumped off a private boat to go snorkeling on the reef with family when the incident happened. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Sep. 2020 Off the coast of Australia, a spearfishing expedition turns into a nightmare featuring a ferocious bull shark and a great white attacks a paddle boarder on Ascension Island. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 4 Aug. 2020 Big bull sharks, however, are notorious for staying down and suddenly grabbing a fish near the boat. Doug Olander, Field & Stream, 21 May 2020

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1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Bull shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull%20shark. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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