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Basking Shark
Scientific Name:
Cetorhinus maximus
Family Name:
33 feet
Up to 3 Tons
greyish-brown, black, sometimes bluish
Life Span:
50 years
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Basking Shark

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Basking Shark Description
  This gentle giant, which can be closely approached while feeding near the surface, is now a popular tourist attraction and legally protected in some parts of the world. However, it is still being fished elsewhere for its fins, liver oil and meat. So many Basking Sharks have been killed in some parts of the world, that they are now hardly ever sighted in these areas.

In April 2000, the UK proposed the Basking Shark for addition to Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Although this proposal was unsuccessful, it did result in the collation of a great deal of information about this mysterious animal and increased awareness of its special nature.

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