Common Names: Basking Shark
Scientific Name: Cetorhinus maximus
Size: Up to 10m
Found in: Worldwide in cold to warm temperate waters.
Population Status: Vulnerable to Extinction (IUCN 2007)
Basking sharks are filter feeders. They feed on zooplankton and are thought to be capable of filtering over 1800 tonnes of water per hour.
Very little is known about the reproduction of this species. However they are believed to be ovoviviparous - eggs hatch internally then the shark gives birth to live young. At birth juveniles are estimated to be between 1.5 and 2 m.
The Basking Shark is the second largest fish in the ocean - only surpassed by the Whale Shark.