One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A migratory, livebearing shark of warm seas, sometimes also found in brackish or fresh water.
Family Carcharhinidae: many species, including the tiger shark, blue shark, and tope
- ‘‘Grand Central Station’ is so named for the high level of interaction between the reef animals and marauding pelagics, including numerous requiem sharks.’’
- ‘Grey reef and other requiem sharks need to move about or to be in moving water so that oxygenated water passes across their gills.’
- ‘Whitetip reef sharks, often described as ‘not aggressive’, are probably the species of requiem shark most often encountered by divers, but the least written about.’
- ‘Blacktip reef sharks and blacktip sharks are the lightweights of the requiem shark world.’
- ‘It's a wall dive subject to a strong current that brings in prolific pelagic life, including marauding requiem sharks, to interact with the reef's other inhabitants.’
Mid 17th century: from obsolete French requiem, variant of requin ‘shark’, influenced by requiem.
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