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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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 Related stories from Miami Herald A great white shark has been spotted in the Everglades. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "An 8-foot alligator causes quite a stir as it takes a dip in a family’s backyard pool," 6 Feb. 2018 Over the past week, 10 great white sharks have been spotted off the Cape’s shoreline, according to sharktivity , a shark-tracking app from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. Sophia Eppolito And Marek Mazurek,, "On the Cape, tourists and locals take sharks in stride," 9 July 2018 Two 12-foot great white sharks are being tracked by researchers off Georgia, just as thousands of people head to the beaches for Memorial Day weekend. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Two 12-foot great white sharks spotted off Georgia ahead of Memorial Day weekend | Charlotte Observer," 25 May 2018 Related stories from Miami Herald Large shark swims close to South Beach swimmer, shore A great white shark has been spotted in the Everglades. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Florida’s Volusia County led the world in shark attacks in 2017 | Miami Herald," 7 Feb. 2018 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

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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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