great white shark


Definition of great white shark

: a large mackerel shark (Carcharodon carcharias) of warm seas that is bluish when young but becomes whitish with age and has been known to attack humans

called also white shark

— see shark illustration

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The researchers suspect the megalodon was wiped out by the great white shark, the same animal that inspires so much terror in humans. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Prehistoric Megalodon Shark May Have Been Killed Off by the Great White," 14 Feb. 2019 An underwater photographer had a terrifying — yet breathtaking — view of a 16-foot great white shark in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Massachusetts this week. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "16-foot great white shark comes within 'arm's length' of underwater photographer," 24 Aug. 2018 Inside, a 6-foot-long great white shark was showing off its teeth and moving about, very much alive. Sarah Betancourt, The Seattle Times, "Fisherman lands lively 400-pound shark off coast," 30 July 2018 Savannah the great white shark is lurking off South Florida. Brett Clarkson,, "Great white shark lurking a mile off South Florida's coast," 16 Jan. 2018 Unaware of the fact that Donald Trump was a like great white shark swimming out under the ocean waiting to come up and chomp them. Fox News, "Former Roger Stone aide challenges Mueller's authority," 17 Aug. 2018 Adult great white sharks, the world’s largest predatory fish, are known to prey on large fish and marine mammals. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Great white shark kills dolphin, loses meal to even bigger shark," 17 Aug. 2018 Tracking even the most obvious behaviors in wild animals can be a tricky business—for instance, nobody knows for sure where great white sharks go to breed. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Whales are stressed out by climate change, and it shows in their earwax," 16 Nov. 2018 In 2015, the shows had an average viewership of 1.27 million people, and last year’s episode featuring Michael Phelps racing a (CGI) great white shark drew in a record 5 million viewers. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Overfishing is decimating sharks. This map shows where they cross paths with fishing boats.," 26 July 2018

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Medical Definition of great white shark

: a large shark (Carcharodon carcharias of the family Lamnidae) that is bluish when young but becomes whitish with age and has been known to attack humans

called also white shark

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