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Whale Shark Warrior 4 Inch Shorts

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Characteristic spots and stripes adorn the largest fish in the sea forming an intricate pattern, like a warrior painted for battle. Scientists use these distinctive markings to identify individual whale sharks. Like a fingerprint, each is as unique and special as the last.

    1. Streamlined pockets on the side of both legs for your phone, wallet, snacks or sunscreen
    2. Fibers mechanically engineered for quick dry, moisture wicking and breathability
    3. Resilient 4-way stretch and recovery for shape retention in and out of the water
    4. 4' inseam with longer length in the back to flatter your curves while keeping you covered
    5. Tag-less, wide waistband for comfort, added security and fold over option
    6. 100% chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant
    7. UPF 50+ sun protection (max rating achievable)
  • 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 12% spandex

UPF 50+ Sun Protection (Max Rating Achievable)

100% Fade-Proof From Chlorine, Sun & Saltwater

Anti-Microbial = Smell-Resistant

Fibers Mechanically Engineered For Quick-Dry & Moisture-Wicking

Made From Recycled Materials

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Advocate Apparel Inspired by the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus)

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are fish, not whales - allowing them to hold the esteemed title of "largest fish in the sea" (since sharks are fish too!). These charismatic creatures can reach lengths of 12 meters (40 feet) or more! Despite their large size, they feed on some of the smallest organisms in the sea, plankton. Hanging vertically in the water column they're able to suction feed and filter these tiny organisms through their gill rakers much like a giant vacuum cleaner pulls dust and dirt from a kitchen floor, filtering the fragments into its chamber within.

Unfortunately, approximately 100 million sharks are killed every year by humans, through direct targeted fishing efforts as well as unintended bycatch from other fisheries. The whale shark is one species of shark that is particularly vulnerable to this commercial fishing due to their high value in international trade, in addition to their highly migratory nature and normally low abundance. Research into the lives of these gentle giants can help us to manage their populations and keep these magnificent fish in the ocean where they belong.

5% of sales from your purchase of this product are donated to the Marine Megafauna Foundation

“Waterlust's support provides critical seed funding for us to rapidly develop and implement whale shark conservation projects in areas where this globally-endangered species is most at risk. This includes Mozambique, where our research and awareness work helped the government decide to fully protect whale sharks just a few weeks ago. We love working with a company that is so committed to making a positive change in the world.”

Dr. Simon Pierce, Co-Founder / Principal Scientist

the Marine Megafauna Foundation

Customer Reviews

Based on 36 reviews
J. (Williamsport, PA, US)
Simply the best!

I’ve been wearing waterlust for years and they continue to impress. The quality of product exceeds similar companies. The material is thick and supportive. Colors and patterns are perfect. I have worn and washed some of mine many times over serveral years and have no stretching or fading. I just bought these shorts for a recent trip and the customer service was above and beyond. After a website glitch they reached out and went out of their way to make sure I got the right product in time for my vacation. I didn’t have to ask, they just did. Will continue to shop here!

Heather Patin
Shorts in Belize

I lived wearing these under my shorty wet suit. They helped me ease into my wetsuit without a struggle. They roll up a little at the bottom
But aside from that they are perfect.

M.C. (Los Angeles, CA, US)

Waterlust never disappoints

Madison Churchill (Los Angeles, CA, US)

Waterlust never disappoints

Emma (Warren, MA, US)
Minimizing and supportive top!

Purchased 2XL, bra size 42DDD/E. This is the best swim top I've tried in years! It's so supportive, comfy, and full coverage (not low cut/minimal cleavage) which is exactly what I'm looking for. I needed a breast minimizing swim too that made me feel comfortable moving around. Thank you for making the perfect top! And the whale shark pattern is beautiful.

susan bosk (Bedford, NH, US)

My daughter loves these!