I really like sharks, so today I thought that I would write about one of the biggest in the world, the basking shark.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- They are the second largest fish in the world, only behind the whale shark. They can grow up to 10 metres long and weigh 6 tonnes.
- Despite their size, they feed on tiny plankton. They have a massive mouth that measures 1 metre across, which they keep open so that they can filter water through their huge gills that are lined with thousands of gill-rakers that catch the plankton.
- Basking sharks have a massive liver that makes up 25% of their body weight and helps them to float.
- They are called basking sharks as they often feed on top of the water, moving slowly as they go.
- They are found in cool and temperate waters throughout the world, especially not too far from the coast. They are vulnerable to extinction as they have been hunted for a range of reasons and take a long time to breed. Hopefully their numbers will rise again.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about basking sharks?