Hi It’s Kieran here,
This post is going to be about my favourite shark,
The Basking Shark is currently the second largest shark in the world after the Whale Shark. Their size at birth is unknown but a fully grown Basking Shark can get up to 10 metres in size they also have a massive tail to propel their huge bodys through the water.
Basking Sharks is one of three filter feeding sharks including the Megamouth Shark and the Whale Shark, which are all very large and have huge gaping mouths.
Basking Sharks has extremely small teeth seeing they does not need to bite into anything. Basking Sharks also has very large gill slits which it uses to filter the water out to breathe. The Basking Shark has a fairly short snout and are normally coloured a greyish brown with a pale belly.
They are generally found off the coasts of Tasmania, Western Ausralia and New South Whales, usually getting very close to the shore.
The Basking Shark gets it’s name from frequently being seen “basking” on the surface of the water under the sun.
Basking Sharks are commonly seen in groups of 3-4 but groups of up to 100 have been spotted. The Basking Shark population has been dropping as it is continued to be hunted for It’s liver used to make liver oil and it’s giant fins used to make shark fin soup.
Hope that was interesting,