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.

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While on a weekend retreat in the woods, a group of businessmen finds that the local river is infested with a swarm of bull sharks attempting to construct a dam with human body parts. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Several fatalities have been ascribed to bull sharks. Gavin Naylor, The Conversation, "Shark Week looms, but don’t panic," 25 July 2019 There’s some debate if a bull shark was responsible for the deaths in Matawan Creek because they are known to inhabit fresh and brackish waters; however, Burgess says the evidence points to the young great white. Matt Mccall, National Geographic, "2 weeks, 4 deaths, and the start of America's fear of sharks," 12 June 2019 And whereas shallow waters are usually shark kryptonite, bull sharks prefer them. Erin Davis And Brian Ries, CNN, "Stop sweating the great white shark. Here's the one you should really be worried about," 28 July 2019 In contrast, bull sharks are equally at home in fresh water and salt water, and are often found near estuaries. Gavin Naylor, The Conversation, "Shark Week looms, but don’t panic," 25 July 2019 But few can honestly boast about the HALF of the big one that got away, thanks to a bull shark. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Huge fish bitten in half by shark moments after angler got out of the water," 11 July 2019 The 17-year-old was attacked at North Carolina’s Atlantic Beach on June 2 by what was likely a large bull shark. Washington Post, "Shark attack survivor gets message from Robert Downey Jr.," 18 June 2019 Doctors said the teenager's left leg and two fingers on her left hand were amputated after what was likely a bull shark attack, based on tooth markings found on her bones. CBS News, "Shark bites 8-year-old boy in third North Carolina attack this month," 17 June 2019

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1913, in the meaning defined above

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