Cetorhinus maximus

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Noun1.Cetorhinus maximus - large harmless plankton-eating northern sharkCetorhinus maximus - large harmless plankton-eating northern shark; often swims slowly or floats at the sea surface
mackerel shark - fierce pelagic and oceanic sharks
Cetorhinus, genus Cetorhinus - comprising only the basking sharks; in some classifications considered the type genus of a separate family Cetorhinidae
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The Whale shark is bigger than Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus).
Basking shark (cetorhinus maximus) | Photo by greg skomal" by Greg Skomal via Wikimedia Commons
Cetorhinus maximus is also characterized by having large gill slits that nearly encircle the head, numerous long, filamentous dermal denticle gill takers lining the anterior and posterior sides of each branchial arch, a strongly pointed snout and large subterminal mouth with numerous small, monocuspid teeth, strong lateral keels on the caudal peduncle and a large lunate caudal fin (Compagno, 2001).
It has been suggested that two band pairs are deposited annually in the basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus (Parker and Stott, 1965) and the shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus (Pratt and Casey, 1983), although validation is still pending for these species.
The docile basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) filters around 2,000 cubic metres of water an hour through its gill rakers.
The basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) reaches 20-23 ft (6-7 m), and the enormous whale shark (Rhincodon typus) can reach more than 49 ft (15 m), and weigh between 30-40 tons.