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 woman, believed to be in her 20s, was in Elizabeth Bay at about 7:45 p.m. local time when she was bitten on her right leg by what is believed to be a bull shark, according to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 Based on the bite patterns and images provided, the woman was most likely attacked by a bull shark, Smoothey said. Reuters, NBC News, 30 Jan. 2024 Analysis of her wounds confirmed to experts that a bull shark was responsible for the attack. USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 Last September, a 58-year-old woman from Pennsylvania was killed by a bull shark while snorkeling in the Bahamas. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2023 The 58-year-old woman from Pennsylvania was a passenger on the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship and was taking part in an excursion at a popular spot near Green Cay when she was attacked by a bull shark. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 4 Dec. 2023 National Geographic Gustafson holds a bull shark while Lopez prepares to measure it. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 16 July 2023 In the video that was shared to Instagram on July 24, a bull shark attacks a fishing boat while the anglers onboard fish for cobia. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 25 July 2023 Another substantial shark, a bull shark weighing a hair under 300 pounds, arrived by pickup. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, 24 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bull shark was in 1913

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“Bull shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull%20shark. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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