Basking Shark - Cetorhinus Maximus
The second largest fish in the world, after the whale shark. Harmless to humans as it feeds mostly on microscopic organisms called plankton.
Not much is known about the Basking Shark but, due in large part to the success of the Shark Hunters, we now know that they spend the winter months in subtropical to tropical waters in great depths of up to 3000 feet.
The Basking Shark gets it's name from the large amount of time it spends on the surface of the ocean in the summer months. It skims the top of the water column feeding on plankton for 12-14 hours a day to sustain their massive bodies. Basking Sharks are usually slow, plodding swimmers but have been seen jumping high into the air, proving that they can reach great speeds in short bursts.