Scientific Name - Cetorhinus maximus
The Basking Shark is a gigantic shark, growing up to 33ft - it is second only to the Whale Shark. The Basking Shark has an enormous mouth and is a lazy swimmer. Huge gills and a short conical snout make the Basking Shark unmistakable.
- Order: Lamniformes
- Family: Cetorhinidae
- Genus: Cetorhinus
- Species: C. maximus
- Scientific Name: Cetorhinus maximus
Dangerous to Man?
Typical maximum size of 6-8 metres.
The female gives birth to a litter of around six pups.
A passive filter feeder, the Basking Shark eaths small fish, invertebrates and zoo plankton. The Basking Shark can filter around 1800 tons of water per hour.
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Top speed of 4mph
Up to 16 tons
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