Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) – a large shark from the family of giant sharks (Cetorhinidae). This is the second largest species of fish after the whale shark. A giant shark feeds on plankton – it swims with an open mouth, filtering through the gills all that it gets.
The smallest basking shark that is known to scientists was 1 meter long by 70 cm. The largest individual, the size of which was officially confirmed, had a total body length of 12.7 meters and weighed about 9 tons.
The liver of a basking shark weighs more than 1000 kilograms.
The size of a basking shark rarely exceeds 10 meters, and the mass of a body is 4 tons.
A basking shark swims with an open mouth, filtering with the help of gills, anything that gets caught. At an hour, it filters out about 2,000 tons of water.
The basking shark feeds on plankton, mollusks and only occasionally tiny fish.
The basking shark feeds on plankton in summer, and its gills are provided with frequent stamens. In the winter, it switches to feeding by benthic invertebrates – and unnecessary stamens on the gills disappear from it.