We're in business to build a more sustainable world by bringing environmental science into your life in creative ways.

B Corporation Certified Logo

Whale Shark Warrior 8 Inch Shorts

Educational resources & donation included with every purchase. Learn more.

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

Waterlust in the wild

Tag us @waterlust to be featured

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 54 reviews
Becca Flaherty (Savannah, GA, US)
If only the crotch area were comfortable

I purchased these shorts for kayaking and swimming. The fit is wonderful, they look great on me, but I don't understand how anyone could be comfortable with the heavy seam that runs right through the middle of the crotch. I expected there to be what I think is called a gusset panel? The hard seam goes right into the areas where I wish it wouldn't, and rubs painfully as I swim. I do think I ordered the correct size. For reference, I'm 5'6", 165 lbs, and ordered the L. I really think if there was an extra panel there, the problem would be solved, but it would probably mess up the whale shark print.

M.A. (Tualatin, OR, US)
Perfect anniversary outfits for two Monterey Baes

Fun AND functional, we love snorkeling and freediving in our gear from Waterlust. It has also become our de-facto aquarium date apparel, and everyone from Mote to Shedd, and last weekend MBA, love our silly enthusiasm! Maybe next year Georgia? Thank you Waterlust!

Judy Johnson (Standish, ME, US)
Whale shark reversible top and 8in. bottoms

So comfortable!! Fits great!

Rachel Larson (Groveland, FL, US)

The material is so comfy on these shorts :) I absolutely love the pattern so vibrant and beautiful:) can’t wait to dive in this set

Lhasa Compton (Tucson, AZ, US)
Just right!

We're going to Hawaii soon and I needed to add a mid length shorts to my set. These feel great and look snazzy too. Thank you for real pockets!

Susan Hyde (Dallas, TX, US)
Sturdy and attractive

This is my second pair of this style and I love both of them! This whale shark pattern is very cool! I like the heavy fabric and durable construction and I expect them to wear well as my parrotfish pair has.