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Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus)
Basking Shark, Western Isles, Scotland, August 2003 - click for larger image Western Isles, Scotland
August 2003

The Basking Shark is found in temperate and northern waters in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is a giant at up to 14 metres (46') and is the second largest fish after the Whale Shark.

Basking Shark, Western Isles, Scotland, August 2003 - click for larger image It gets its name from its habit of swimming slowly at the surface while it feeds on plankton which it captures in its enormous mouth. Despite its size it is harmless.
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