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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In Hawaii, attacks by tiger sharks are the most common, whereas in California, white sharks (also known as great white and white pointer) are most likely to be involved. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Why shark attacks are more common in the Atlantic than the Pacific," 2 July 2019 Elsewhere, off the rugged northern coast of Hawaii, spearfisherman Braxton Rocha was ambushed by a massive tiger shark. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday, Aug. 2: ‘Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on ABC," 1 Aug. 2019 Shark bites in the Carolinas are by warm-water species like bull sharks, tiger sharks and blacktips (Carcharhinus limbatus). Gavin Naylor, The Conversation, "Shark Week looms, but don’t panic," 25 July 2019 The sharks in these attacks have not been identified, but Naylor said blacktips, spinners and juvenile sandbar sharks are frequently found in the area, and on occasion, hammerhead and tiger sharks can be seen. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Sharks bite 3 people in 24 hours at the same Florida beach," 5 Aug. 2019 The sharks in these attacks have not been identified, but Naylor said blacktips, spinners and juvenile sandbar sharks are frequently found in the area, and on occasion, hammerhead and tiger sharks can be seen. Allen Kim And Dylan Miettinen, CNN, "Sharks bite 3 people in 24 hours at the same Florida beach," 5 Aug. 2019 Young tiger sharks who had their stomachs pumped were found to prefer terrestrial songbirds to seabirds. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 22 July 2019 The Sharks of Headstone Hell (Discovery at 10) Riley Elliot and Andy Casagrande discover unknown facts about the tiger shark population off Norfolk Island. Savannah Stephens, Washington Post, "Tonight’s TV: ‘Lights out with David Spade” premieres on Comedy Central," 29 July 2019 The Sharks of Headstone Hell Norfolk Island in the South Pacific is a destination for shark lovers who gather to witness islanders toss full-size animal carcasses into the sea as a treat for some of the largest tiger sharks on Earth. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Monday, July 29: ‘Years and Years’ on HBO," 28 July 2019

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circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

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