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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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 It's believed he was attacked by a bull shark or tiger shark, reported the New York Post. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Tourist's arms and legs 'ripped to shreds' in Brazil by shark in waist deep water | Charlotte Observer," 17 Apr. 2018 Then, this April, I was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing off the coast of Shipwreck Beach in Keoniloa Bay, on the south shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Patty Hodapp, Outside Online, "The Man Who Survived a Rattler, Bear, and Shark Attack," 10 July 2018 The planes can be found by searching for each aircraft's tail number: great white (N470WN), hammerhead (N705SW), mako (N961WN), tiger shark (N553WN) and bull shark (N947WN). Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Southwest planes get some teeth to honor Discovery Channel's Shark Week," 9 July 2018 There are sand tiger sharks with fearsome teeth, sandbar sharks with tall dorsal fins and nurse sharks huddled together on the floor of the tank. Washington Post, "Sandy-ravaged aquarium opens splashy new shark exhibit," 26 June 2018

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circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

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