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shark

(shärk)
n.
Any of numerous cartilaginous fishes of the subclass Elasmobranchii that are chiefly carnivorous and marine. Sharks have a streamlined torpedolike body, five to seven gill openings on each side of the head, a large oil-filled liver, and tough skin covered with small toothlike scales.
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These good sharks here have just offered to eat you up for me--and 'twould indeed be a good thing if the seas were rid of you.
I have always understood that the natives are not afraid of sharks.'
We met in the maw of a hurricane, and parted in the maw of a shark, with seventeen intervening years of comradeship, the like of which I dare to assert has never befallen two men, the one brown and the other white.
Also, we made it a rule to take an additional several each time they hove the dead over to the sharks that swarmed about us.
A short length of line was trailing from the rope handle; and I knew that I was good for a day, at least, if the sharks did not return.
Now, Savo is alive with sharks. The custom of the woolly-heads of burying their dead in the sea did not tend to discourage the sharks from making the adjacent waters a hangout.
They rolled out of the saloon and into the arms of the sharks and harpies.
A great white shark was spotted only 15 yards offshore of Nauset Public beach, while aerial views saw another shark off Coast Guard Beach in Eastham.
That day, I realized that diving with sea turtles or gazing at bow riding dolphins may be cool--but going fin-to-fin with a shark? Sheer, primal panic and wonder.
Researchers mapped shark positions and revealed 'hotspots' of space use in unprecedented detail.
They include the UK premiere on Monday of Man Vs Shark, which features Jeremiah Sullivan, a marine biologist who created a special suit of armour for divers to wear around sharks.