Thursday, May 07, 2009

Where the basking sharks bask

Who knew they follow the sun, just like people? Basking sharks are big, they eat plankton, and they look really funny with their huge mouth and throat swung open to do their plankton-eating thing (photo at right).

BTW, the latin name for basking sharks is Cetorhinus maximus or "big monster-nosed fish" (roughly). Can you see why?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love these world travelers! They belong to that rare fraternity of creatures that attain a weight of over a thousand pounds, yet have never harmed a human...

I have never been fortunate enough to see one, but i sure hope to one day.


(loves the sea)