The Second Largest Fish in the Sea


Basking shark is a mackerel shark that is now coming more frequently into contact with swimmers; the second largest fish in the sea, reaching lengths up to 11 m, this animal feeds only on minute crustaceans.

Basking sharks are most often seen in cool temperate waters, such as seen here, in Cornwall, UK, but also spend a lot of ime in deep water where the temperature may be near freezing. However they can raise their body temperature only about 1 degree Celsius above the ambient water temperature, unlike some other mackerel sharks.

Article from Ocean Geographic – Ocean Watch

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