The Basking Shark

The Basking Shark

As if sharks aren’t bad enough, right? Well, let’s take a look at the Basking Shark…This particular shark is the second-largest living fish, after the whale shark, and only one of three plankton-eating sharks.  Their small teeth are numerous, often coming in around at one hundred per row.  These guys typically grow twenty to twenty-six feet in length, but what’s probably most incredible is their staggering three-foot three-inch jaw width.

Basking Sharks are active all year-round and can swim down three thousand feet in ocean depth.  Though the looks of these mammoth fish can be deceiving, they are quite social.  They can be found in small schools of three or four, up to larger schools of around one hundred.

Still, as placid as they may seem, they surely should be ogled from a distance.

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