How to sign shark in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Place your non-dominant hand vertically in front of you, and place your middle and ring fingers of your dominant around each side of your fingertips, and then move both hands forward while also moving them slightly side to side. This sign mimics the shape of a shark's fin moving through the water.

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Sequential Breakdown of shark

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Beginning of Sign

First Frame of shark

End of Sign

Final Frame of shark

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for shark
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for shark
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Definition:

Marine animal

Sign Instructions:

Tap the index finger side of your hand against the middle of your forehead, with your fingers extended above your forehead a couple of times. This sign mimics a shark's fin.

Videos

Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of shark

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of shark

End of Sign

Final Frame of shark

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for shark
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb folded across the palm

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