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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.

Free returns + exchanges

Free within the U.S. International orders must pay return postage. Exchanges orders can be placed immediately with an instant credit.

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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 35 reviews
Gretta Lamosa (King of Prussia, PA, US)
Cute and comfy

These are the best! Very comfy. I love the length as I am a bit older and don’t like to show too much booty. I use these as work shorts at our community garden and then head across the street and jump right into the pool. Wonderful work out/work shorts as well as swimmer. Multifunctional inspiration.

Laurie Geckeler (North Brunswick, NJ, US)
Way too small

These are so cute and the fabric feels great but they were way too small.

W. (South Jordan, UT, US)
Love them

I ordered the whale shark 8” shorts, size small. I’m 5’5” and 118 lbs, 34 1/2 hips, 28 1/2 waist. They fit perfect, the fabric I so soft and they feel really comfortable . They hug your body and I think they will not ride up when putting on wetsuit. The pockets go all the way to the hem of the leg. I won’t be using them for a few more weeks but can’t wait. I had a few questions prior to ordering and used”contact us” and received the info I needed. I wish there were more choices in 8” style. I also wish there was a top with removable pads, especially with the compression of the fabric. I also ordered some swim shorts from another company with quick dry and SPF and they don’t compare to the ones from Waterlust.

Maureen Beyer (Cairo, NY, US)
Comfortable & perfect fit.

Have not been in the water yet. Will be swimming with the whale sharks in July.

Amy Jamieson (Fishers, IN, US)

Whale Shark Warrior 8 Inch Shorts

Cherie (Lexington, SC, US)
Love These Shorts!

These shorts are gorgeous and very well made. I love the whale shark print and will be buying some tights too!