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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Remarkable aerial video taken a few days ago shows a kayaker, marine biologist Giancarlo Thomae, fall into the water with a large great white shark in plain view nearby. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "A deer is seen swimming in Santa Cruz. Great white sharks lurk nearby, researcher says | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Cannibalistic great white shark eats relative as researchers watch. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump wants 'new chapter' as Kim Jong Un agrees to complete denuclearization; Rodman slams Obama," 12 June 2018 There is one record of a great white shark caught in the central Bering Sea, in 1979, according to Alaska Sea Grant, and it was found to have chunks of Steller sea lion in its stomach. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Research: Sharks might be eating more northern seals and sea lions in Alaska waters," 4 July 2018 In April 2008, a 66-year-old man training for a triathlon off the coast of Solana Beach was killed by what was believed to be a great white shark. Gary Warth,, "Three possible shark sightings reported off Oceanside in past week," 3 July 2018 For starters, the Santa Barbara paddle boarder followed a great white shark . Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "Watch this man follow a great white shark on his paddle board," 30 June 2018 On Monday, the first great white shark of the season was tagged a quarter-mile from the sands of Truro by state marine biologist Greg Skomal and his research partners from the AWSC. Steve Annear,, "Drone video shows shark eating seal off Cape Cod beach," 13 July 2018 The No Swim ZonesSydney’s north shores are notorious for rips, strong currents, and the odd great white shark. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 Visiting tourists or researchers often go underwater in protective metal cages to observe the hundreds of great white sharks that congregate in the area. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 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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