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

[Cornish porbugel.]
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(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]
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(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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"Attacks on humans are rare but they are more dangerous than a porbeagle shark, which are native." There are no known fatalities from hammerheads.
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Angler Matthew Burrett caught the monster porbeagle shark while fishing off the coast of Milford Haven.
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