Normally the basking shark reaches a length of between 6 metres (20 ft) and a little over 8 metres (26 ft). Some specimens surpass 9 or even 10 metres (33 ft), but after years of hard fishing, specimens of this size have become exceedingly rare.
The basking shark is a passive filter feeder, filtering zooplankton, small fish and invertebrates from up to 2,000 tons of water per hour. Unlike the megamouth shark and whale shark, the basking shark does not appear to actively seek its quarry, but it does possess large olfactory bulbs that may guide it in the right direction. Unlike the other large filter feeders, it relies only on the water that is pushed through the gills by swimming; the megamouth shark and whale shark can suck or pump water through their gills.
Of course they are, there arnt any carrots floating around in the ocean. They feed on plackton and other tiny invertebretes by filtering the water over their gills. Ive swam with these sharks and they are really cool[up] Shame to see that one wash up like that.Basking sharks aren't meat eaters right?
I dont swim in the ocean anymore ,to many sharks around ,sat. we had some nice ones by us just off the beach . I'll stick to swimmin pools and bath tubshad no idea there were sharks that big nearby
must have had his ole lady nag him to death .They are wondering was is causing it distress
youd be surprised. just off the coast there are a wealth of sharks, including species that have been known to attack humans, including white sharks and bull sharks. If you want an interesting read, google the matawan shark attacks. also, in the there was also a usfws biologist in the 70s i believe who caught ant tagged over 40 whites in one summer off sandy hook, as well as an estimated 1000+lb white off montauk....theyre out therehad no idea there were sharks that big nearby