noaasanctuaries:
What’s a basking shark? Oh, y'know, just ONE OF...

noaasanctuaries: What’s a basking shark? Oh, y'know, just ONE OF…

noaasanctuaries:

What’s a basking shark? Oh, y’know, just ONE OF THE COOLEST ocean creatures out there, and, no big deal, the second-biggest shark in the world. 

They can grow to about the length of a school bus, and use their gaping mouths to feed on tiny crustaceans the size of a grain of rice. They can be found in many of your national marine sanctuaries – this one was photographed in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary – but in the eastern Pacific, they were sighted less frequently beginning in the latter half of the 20th century. Recently, though, they’ve been spotted more often in and around Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and two sharks were tagged by sanctuary researchers! 

Learn more about the tagging project and why this is such a big deal. 

(Photo: Carolyn O’Connor) 

[Image description: A basking shark swimming at the ocean surface.]

Basking in the glory of these megafish sightings! Here’s hoping they swing by the Monterey Bay! 🤞🤞🤞



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