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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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Around British waters there are 30-plus species of sharks, big beasts like the giant skate or porbeagles that have scooped Fish of the Week.
In the western North Atlantic Ocean, commercial fisheries that target porbeagles have existed since the 1960s, but catches rapidly declined in the latter part of that decade (Aasen (1); Aasen, 1963; Campana et al.
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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.
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Porbeagles - which are closely related to the Great Whites featured in Hollywood thriller Jaws - have been known to attack humans, although it is rare.
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Angel sharks; porbeagles; gulper sharks; white skate; and--ironically--common skate, are critically endangered in European waters.
Tony Asiamah, who runs Seaview Fisheries, said: "We usually get porbeagles two or three times a year.
Porbeagles that do turn up in the North East come in late summer, tempted by the returning mackerel and herring.