tiger shark

noun

Definition of tiger shark

: a large gray or brown stocky-bodied requiem shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri) that is nearly cosmopolitan especially in warm seas and can be dangerous to humans — see shark illustration

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Drum lines, which use baited hooks to catch the fearsome predators, ensnared five tiger sharks, one which was 12 feet long, Queensland authorites said. Fox News, "Six sharks killed after attack on swimmers near Great Barrier Reef," 24 Sep. 2018 Sand tiger sharks have been known to get more than 10 and a half feet long and can weight more than 350 pounds. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Duo fishing off SC finds itself catching sharks all day, one 9-feet long | Charlotte Observer," 2 Apr. 2018 This behavior is distinct from other shark species, like the sand tiger shark whose embryos cannibalize their siblings in utero and thus eliminate the competition from the outset. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 The Kimberley Comes Alive Wednesday, 8 p.m., PBS More Television Reviews There are infinitely more dangerous creatures to contend with, among them tiger sharks, who often find their way to beaches where Australians swim. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Outback: The Kimberley Comes Alive’ Review: Awesome Australia," 26 July 2018 Shark attacks do occasionally happen in Hawaii, especially by tiger sharks, said George Burgess, director emeritus of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the University of Florida. Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic, "Man Bit by Shark, Bear, and Snake Had Odds of 893 Quadrillion to One," 24 Apr. 2018 Woman in Texas catches 8-foot 'dream' tiger shark, wild photos show. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Florence downgraded, but still very dangerous; Another bad night for 'Bernie Sanders Democrats'," 13 Sep. 2018 Tracking a wide range of species — blue shark, tiger shark, shortfin mako, great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, porbeagle, and dusky shark — the researchers sought to visualize all the human infrastructure that sharks must navigate. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Overfishing is decimating sharks. This map shows where they cross paths with fishing boats.," 26 July 2018 The bull shark aircraft launched from Hobby Airport, the great white shark and hammerhead shark aircraft launched from Dallas, the tiger shark aircraft launched from Chicago and the mako shark aircraft launched from Phoenix. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Southwest planes get some teeth to honor Discovery Channel's Shark Week," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of tiger shark

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

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