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A heavy-bodied mackerel shark (Lamna nasus) chiefly of temperate waters.

[Cornish porbugel.]


(Animals) any of several voracious sharks of the genus Lamna, esp L. nasus, of northern seas: family Isuridae. Also called: mackerel shark
[C18: from Cornish porgh-bugel, of obscure origin]


(ˈpɔrˌbi gəl)

a large, voracious mackerel shark, Lamna nasus, of northern seas, having a crescent-shaped tail.
[1750–60; < Cornish porghbugel]
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Noun1.porbeagle - voracious pointed-nose shark of northern Atlantic and Pacificporbeagle - voracious pointed-nose shark of northern Atlantic and Pacific
mackerel shark - fierce pelagic and oceanic sharks
genus Lamna, Lamna - a genus of Lamnidae
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He said: "Not a lot of people catch porbeagles but I have a lot of experience and know the right areas to look.
The summer heatwave is said to have attracted more sharks to UK waters recently and many porbeagles have been spotted off the North-east coast over the last few months.
Nigel said: "I've seen enough blue sharks, makos, porbeagles and threshers to know that it wasn't one of them that caused this.
This year, the Magellan crew took top honors with two big porbeagles, weighing 429 and 313 pounds.
The groups are turning their sights to the next big battleground for sharks: the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species whose Parties meet in March to consider proposals to list commercially valuable, threatened shark species, including porbeagles, hammerheads, and oceanic whitetips.
Porbeagles - which are closely related to the Great Whites featured in Hollywood thriller Jaws - have been known to attack humans, although it is rare.
Porbeagles are coldwater sharks that have a similar body shape and tail to great white sharks.
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Tony Asiamah, who runs Seaview Fisheries, said: "We usually get porbeagles two or three times a year.
Porbeagles are not unknown in Scottish waters but are usually found in the south-west of Britain, off the Cornish and Welsh coasts.
Porbeagles that do turn up in the North East come in late summer, tempted by the returning mackerel and herring.
Both species are fished off US coasts: Europeans use spiny dogfish in fish and chips, while porbeagles are prized for meat and fins.