Basking shark video

The basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second largest fish in the world. Only the whale shark is bigger. A grown basking shark has usually a length between eight and ten meters, but it can be at least 13,7 meters long, weighing several tons.

In spite of its size the basking shark is a harmless shark. It feeds on plankton and other small fishes and creatures floating near the surface. While feeding the shark swims with its mouth open, using its gills to filter the seawater. This huge shark has a worldwide distribution and can bee observed alone or in shoals. In spring and summer the basking shark is often seen feeding in the surface but the basking shark seeks to deeper waters in the winter.

This short video shows a basking shark feeding. You can see some photos of former hunt for basking shark on this page.

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