|Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus)
|Western Isles, Scotland
The Basking Shark is found in temperate and northern waters in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is a giant at up to 14 metres (46') and is the second largest fish after the Whale Shark.
|It gets its name from its habit of swimming slowly at the surface while it feeds on plankton which it captures in its enormous mouth. Despite its size it is harmless.|