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Whale Shark Warrior 8 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. 8 inch inseam
    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 (highest 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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We lovingly prepare each one of our orders for its journey to you using the best packaging materials we can find with the least environmental impact.

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We stand behind every product we make. If you have a problem, we will solve it with the relentless determination of a salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

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 41 reviews
Kerri Shaddy (Boynton Beach, FL, US)
Perfect fit.

I’m 5 foot 6 and 175 pounds. Gives the Meg coverage that I was looking for

Darcy Rios (Winter Park, FL, US)
Treat yourself!!

These shorts are the best of the best!! They are the perfect fit, function, length, style, and thickness. (They are my second pair of my ever growing collection!) Team Waterlust for forever!!

Ashley Vandergrift (Fresno, CA, US)
Super cute and comfy

I love these shorts, super cute and comfortable. Pockets are nice and deep and easily fit my phone. The only thing that would make these absolutely perfect if the seams were flat. I get slight irritation if I'm walking around a lot from the seams on the inner thigh. In the water I doubt I would have any issues, but have not had occasion to test yet.

Amy Woods (Foley, AL, US)
Great shorts

Looking forward to wearing these soon. Love the longer length! Nice fit and love the pockets.

Gordon (Dubai, DU, AE)
Whale Shark Warrior 8 Inch Shorts Review

The fit well for the first 6 inches but are a bit loose around the bottom part just above my knees. Perhaps I have thinner than average legs but a small size would not have been comfortable around my waist. I purchased a Medium.
FYI the Trailblazer 4" shorts fit perfectly.

The side pocket is great for a phone, this should be standard on all leggings though, just remember to remove phones and car keys before entering the water.

helen (Seattle, WA, US)
perfect for rowing and paddleboarding / size up for comfort fit

love this short -- stays put, dries fast. i bought a size larger than my usual to minimize squeeze on my (thick) thighs and waist while rowing, and the fit is perfectly relaxed (don't like a compression fit)