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Basking Shark - A Gentle Giant of Temperate Oceans

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Basking sharks, Cetorhinus maximus,  are filter feeders that sieve small animals from the water, at or close to the surface,  as they swim. They cruise the water with their huge mouth open and water flows in together with zooplankton, tiny fish and invertebrates,  and fish eggs. Then the shark closes its mouth and filters the food from the water by pushing it through bristly gill rakers in its mouth, and it then swallows the food. The left over water is expelled through the gill slits. The basking shark will follow concentrations of plankton in the water column and can process up to 2,000 tons of water an hour.

Basking sharks reach sexual maturity when they are around six years old for males, and probably nearer 13 for females, and tend to mate in the summer months, breeding every two to four years. Basking sharks are ovoviviparous and the developing embryos feed from a yolk sac, and later feed on unfertilized eggs within the mother. Gestation is thought to be as long as three years, and typically one to two pups are born live,  between  five and six feet long which makes them the largest of all shark pups. The pups swim away from the mother at birth and are completely independent. They are a very slow growing species.

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Picture of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding on plankton, Santa Barbara, California, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding, England, United Kingdom, North Atlantic

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Image of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding, Isle of Man, United Kingdom, North Atlantic Ocean

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Photo of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding with mouth open, note large gills which filter food, Bay of Fundy, Canada, North Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding in the ocean off Cornwall, United Kingdom, Atlantic Ocean

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Image of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, lateral view, pen and ink illustration

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Image of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding in the ocean off Cornwall, United Kingdom, Atlantic Ocean

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Photo of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding, Cornwall, United Kingdom, Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding in the ocean off Cornwall, United Kingdom, Atlantic Ocean

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Stock photo of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, Cornwall, United Kingdom, Atlantic Ocean

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Image of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding, Cornwall, United Kingdom, Atlantic Ocean

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Photo of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding, tangled in marine debris, plastic band hooked over snout. England, Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding, Cornwall, United Kingdom, North Atlantic

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Stock photo of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, with mouth wide open feeding. Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, United Kingdom, North Atlantic

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Image of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding, Cornwall, United Kingdom, North Atlantic

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Photo of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding in the ocean off Cornwall, United Kingdom, Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding, tangled in marine debris, plastic band hooked over snout. England, Atlantic Ocean

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Stock photo of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding in the ocean off Cornwall, United Kingdom, North Atlantic

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Image of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding, Cornwall, United Kingdom, North Atlantic

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Photo of a basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, feeding, California, Pacific Ocean

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