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    The Basking Shark of the Pacific was recently placed onto the species watch list.This graceful giant grows up to 30' long and opens its mouth to filter krill out of the water with "gill rakers". Its tiny teeth only this size of half of a grain of rice!

    • Bette

      The basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the 2nd-largest living fish, after the whale shark, and one of three plankton-eating sharks besides the whale shark and megamouth shark. It is found in all the world's temperate oceans. It has long been a commercially important fish, as a source of food, shark fin, animal feed, and shark liver oil, and is now vulnerable to extinction. by greg skomal

    • MathewHayes

      The basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second largest living fish, after the whale shark, and the second of three plankton-eating sharks, the other two being the whale shark and megamouth shark. It is a cosmopolitan migratory species, found in all the world's temperate oceans.

    • Stand Out Facts

      In order to eat, the basking shark opens its mouth to take in what is in front of it and uses its gill rakers to filter food #facts #sea creatures #sharks

    • Suzanne Norberg

      The basking shark is the second largest fish, only behind the whale shark. Although they may look super terrifying they feed on small plankton by filtering through its gills, much like a blue whale.

    • Momma's Crap ♥

      Weighing in at over five tons and measuring up to 33 feet long, basking sharks are the second largest sharks in the ocean (after whale sharks). These gentle giants troll through the water with their cavernous mouths wide open, using 5,000 gill rakers to filter plankton out of 1.5 million liters of water every hour. [article: 10 most bizarre looking sharks on earth] ♥

    • Angela Wheelock

      The Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second-largest fish in the world. It was overhunted for centuries and, as it is slow to reproduce, it is listed as Vulnerable and is threatened by continued fishing practices being " bycatch" when fisherman are seeking other species. Widely distributed throughout temperate oceans.

    • BarbaraSellsFloridaHomes

      Weighing in at over five tons and measuring up to 33 feet long, basking sharks are the second largest sharks in the ocean (after whale shark...

    • Emma Horsley

      This strange-looking shark is a big Basking shark. It’s the second largest living fish, after the whale shark. The basking shark is regarded to be a threatened species, listed as “vulnerable.” The largest ever recorded was 40.3 ft (12.27 m) long. NOAA reminds us that, unlike the Discovery Channel, every week is Shark Week for NOAA. Photo #55 by Greg Skomal/NOAA Fisheries Service

    • ~ Our Unique World ~   Robin Manges

      Basking shark - second largest fish after the whale shark. found in temperate oceans. they feed by straining food particles from water.

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