thresher shark


Definition of thresher shark

: a large nearly cosmopolitan shark (Alopias vulpinus) that has a greatly elongated curved upper lobe of the tail which is often used to thresh the water to round up the schooling fish on which it feeds — see shark illustration

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Recent Examples on the Web In the latest example, an adult 15-foot thresher shark — itself equipped with a whiplike tail capable of stunning blows — washed up in Libya. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, "Sharks Wash Up on Beaches, Stabbed by Swordfish," 27 Oct. 2020 The case of this dead thresher shark piqued the scientists' interest because an adult swordfish inflicted the wound. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Shark Stabbed Through the Heart and a Swordfish Is to Blame," 30 Oct. 2020 But state shark expert Greg Skomal said the thresher sharks like the four that have been found dead in Wellfleet and Orleans in recent days probably aren’t literally freezing to death. Dialynn Dwyer,, "Why have frozen sharks been washing up on the Cape?," 4 Jan. 2018 The conservancy said a fourth thresher shark was found in an ice pack off Wellfleet on New Year’s Eve. Dialynn Dwyer,, "Why have frozen sharks been washing up on the Cape?," 4 Jan. 2018 June Mako Mania: Mako shark tournament for bluefish and thresher sharks., "Ocean City 2018 calendar of events," 11 May 2018 The California driftnet fishery targets swordfish and common thresher shark. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Shocking Video Shows Impacts of Controversial Fishing Method," 27 Apr. 2018 There are images of his 296-pound yellowfin tuna, the thresher shark landed off of Oceanside and the 6-pound brown trout coaxed from Hot Creek in the shadow of the Eastern Sierra. Bryce Miller,, "Meet Kevin Mattson, the most fished-crazed person in San Diego," 2 Mar. 2018 Based on satellite tagging information, experts know that many thresher sharks have already moved south for the season. Kelli Bender,, "Massachusetts Waters Are so Cold Sharks Are Freezing to Death," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of thresher shark

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Thresher shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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