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WOMEN'S Whale Shark Warrior Sun Shirt

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Our sun shirts allow you to spend hours outside in the sun without overheating or cooking your largest organ in UV radiation. Lightweight, airy, stylish, and fun, sun protection as rad as you!

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. Ultra lightweight and breathable
    2. Certified UPF 50+, blocking >98% of the fireball’s harmful rays
    3. Ergonomic hood that stays put in the wind, featuring a ponytail slot for your hair
    4. Streamlined thumbholes to protect your hands from the sun
    5. 100% fade proof, chlorine, sun, salt water, and sunscreen resistant
    6. Fabric mechanically engineered for quick dry, moisture wicking and breathability
    7. Tag-less for comfort
  • Made from recycled materials and knitted into an ultra fine, lightweight fabric, think of it as the working persons stretchy silk. So silky smooth and cool to the touch, your skin literally gets goosebumps when you put it on, but stays shielded from the sun all day on the water. You can stand in an asphalt parking lot on a hot, humid, sunny day in Miami in July at noon and still feel cool. Yep, our test team tested it…reluctantly.

    91% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 9% 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.

10% of profits 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 38 reviews
Lyndsay Gordon (Tacoma, WA, US)

WOMEN'S Whale Shark Warrior Sun Shirt

Theresa Lawrence (Columbus, OH, US)

I have had this shirt saved on my wish list for several months due to the look and, most importantly, because of the way the company gives back to the environment. This sun shirt was worth the wait. Not only does it look phenomenal it also feels AMAZING!

Jessica Melkus (Arden, NC, US)
Love it

I love everything about this shirt -- the material, the fit, the thumb holes and hood, the gorgeous pattern, and the mission of the company. I got one for my sister so we could match together : )

Kris Dreessen (Rochester, NY, US)
Very unique sun shirt.

I love Waterlust and what it stands for. I LIVE in my whale shark leggings — diving, hiking, jumping into a river, you can do anything and never chafe. I'm hoping the same for this sun shirt and I have a wonderful dive suit for warm water. Very cool. Wish it had shorter sleeves and the hood a way to secure it, as it will balloon up while diving.

Sandra Tucker (Bishop, GA, US)

The shirt is so soft. I can’t wait to wear it in the ocean!

Suann Paolini (Hamburg, NY, US)
Gorgeous colors!

Beautiful colors really nice fabric! I think they run a bit small. They may be made to be tight, but I prefer a looser fit so I exchanged. Super easy process! What a great company. Will definitely be ordering from them again!