white shark

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An engineer and a marine biologist face a mother white shark at a Florida sea park. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Largely though, there have only been sightings of sevengill sharks, a smaller species, which have moved in on the seals that the white sharks are leaving uneaten. Annaliese Griffin, Quartzy, "Are great white sharks messing with us?," 1 Sep. 2019 In San Francisco Bay, in what is believed a first-ever event, Joey Gamez of Golden Gate Sport Fishing accidently hooked an 8-foot great white shark near Alcatraz. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Great white sharks show up in huge numbers along the coast," 26 July 2019 For example, almost all shark bites that occur off Cape Cod are by white sharks, which are a large, primarily cold-water species that spend most of their time in isolation feeding on fishes. Gavin Naylor, The Conversation, "Shark Week looms, but don’t panic," 25 July 2019 In spite of their presence in popular culture, science knows relatively little about white sharks. NBC News, "Researchers are tracking sharks to keep beachgoers safer," 28 Aug. 2019 The 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act has allowed the gray seal population on Cape Cod to thrive, luring white sharks to the waters where the seals live. Annaliese Griffin, Quartzy, "Are great white sharks messing with us?," 1 Sep. 2019 Scientists in Southern California have detected white sharks with eDNA. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, The Mercury News, "Monterey Bay: Following the DNA trail in the Pacific Ocean," 11 Aug. 2019 Last month, a white shark sighting prompted authorities to evacuate Newcomb Hollow Beach. CBS News, "Shark spotted off the coast of Massachusetts," 12 Aug. 2019

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circa 1674, in the meaning defined above

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white shark

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