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The Man in the Gray Suit

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The Man in the Gray Suit, another term for sharks coined by Ron Chamberlain

noun - The Man in the Gray Suit is the colloquial term occasionally used on a channel crossing or a marathon swim by an experienced support crew for the type of fish with a cartilaginous skeleton and a highly streamlined body with a tough usually dull gray skin, commonly known as a shark. Sharks are typically active predators that fascinating and frightening, found in all seas, ranging in size from 17 cm to 12 meters, with a few species sometimes dangerous to humans.

The support crew saw the fish near the swimmer, but did not point to it in order to avoid scaring the swimmer.


Shark, Fish, Mack, Old Toothy, Garbage Can of the Sea, The Landlord


Some scholars believe shark is derived from the German title schurke, meaning villain, but The Man in the Gray Suit was coined by American surfer Ron Chamberlain of San Onofre State Beach in California.

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