One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large, active shark which is found chiefly in the open seas of the North Atlantic and in the Mediterranean.
Lamna nasus, family LamnidaeAlso called mackerel shark
- ‘This area has the type of rough ground that the porbeagle likes to frequent, with copious quantities of mackerel and pollack, to feed upon.’
- ‘My father caught a porbeagle shark of 150 lb.’
- ‘As we hove to, our minds raced through the possibilities: killer whale, porbeagle shark, sunfish…?’
- ‘On that hot day, a porbeagle shark was caught off Tynemouth, while in London, Selfridges sold twice as much ice cream as on a normal October day.’
- ‘He says even anglers who fish specifically for sharks often confuse porbeagles with mako sharks and other species.’
- ‘One remarkable report involves a group of porbeagles chasing another trailing a streamer of kelp from between its teeth; when ownership of the kelp strand was usurped, the other porbeagles chased the new owner.’
- ‘It's very rare to catch a porbeagle of this size so close to the shore.’
- ‘For instance, European overfishing of porbeagles in the northwest Atlantic during the 1960s caused that population to collapse.’
- ‘What about the spring pollack of my south western reefs or the magnificent porbeagle shark fishing of North Cornwall?’
- ‘For the adventurous - blue, porbeagle, mako and thresher sharks occur in the waters around Gibraltar, also the tope.’
- ‘The teeth of the mako have only a single point, whereas the porbeagle's teeth have three points.’
- ‘Those killer whales and porbeagle sharks are likely to remain forever out of your range of sight! They are toothy but hardly intimidating’
- ‘Meanwhile, the porbeagle shark grows up to 12 ft and is considered potentially dangerous.’
- ‘Our quest for porbeagle sharks off the coast of Padstow was disappointing.’
- ‘Dave Wilkins saw what he believed to be a porbeagle shark on the wreck and, reasoning that no diver had ever been attacked by a shark in U.K. waters, he decided to stay down there.’
- ‘Your chances of success are high, and that gives you the chance to enjoy fully what you're doing and get some experience before moving on to the bigger, more feisty porbeagles.’
- ‘Whereas special techniques are needed for catching large sharks such as the porbeagle, dogfish come up frequently in trawls along with other fish.’
Mid 18th century: perhaps from Cornish porth ‘harbour, cove’ + bugel ‘shepherd’.
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