basking shark


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bask·ing shark

(băs′kĭng)
n.
A very large shark (Cetorhinus maximus) that measures up to about 12 meters (40 feet) in length, feeds on plankton, and often floats near the surface of the water.

basking shark

n
(Animals) a very large plankton-eating shark, Cetorhinus maximus, often floating at the sea surface: family Cetorhinidae. Also called: sailfish

bask′ing shark`

(ˈbæs kɪŋ, ˈbɑ skɪŋ)
n.
a large shark, Cetorhinus maximus, of cold and temperate seas, that often swims slowly or floats at the surface.
[1760–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.basking shark - large harmless plankton-eating northern sharkbasking shark - 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
Translations
requin pèlerin

basking shark

nRiesenhai m

basking shark

[ˈbɑːskɪŋˈʃɑːk] nsqualo elefante
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He met with more adventures than can be told, and narrowly escaped being caught by the Basking Shark, and the Spotted Shark, and the Hammerhead, and he met all the untrustworthy ruffians that loaf up and down the seas, and the heavy polite fish, and the scarlet spotted scallops that are moored in one place for hundreds of years, and grow very proud of it; but he never met Sea Cow, and he never found an island that he could fancy.
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Just last week, fisherman Tony Marron filmed an 18ft basking shark just a mile away from the Tyne - a rare sight according to experts.
I'm not sure how much of a market there is for this history of the world's second-largest fish, the basking shark (it's an esoteric subject), but Speedie's dedication to his subject and engaging prose deserve an audience.
The first UK shark-related fatality on record came in September 1937, when a basking shark capsized a boat off Kintyre peninsula in western Scotland and all three on board - Captain Angus Brown, his brother and son - died.
A GIANT basking shark that washed up on the shores of the Clyde could have been blown off course by recent storms.
And in Cardigan Bay a basking shark was spotted from the Wildlife Trust's research base at New Quay harbour wall.
3 meter basking shark have provided scientists with a rare opportunity to study the second-biggest fish on the planet.
The UK's waters are home to 29 species of whale, dolphin, porpoise and the world's second-largest shark, the basking shark.
Joan Edwards, Trust's head of living seas, said: "Many people are surprised to discover that in the waters surrounding our shores you could encounter 29 different species of whale, dolphin and porpoise and the second largest shark in the world - the basking shark.
Davis said that he always wanted to see if a REMUS could follow a basking shark, so that he could find out if the planktivorous fish sought out plankton "clouds," or areas of high plankton concentration.
Late Miocene fossils of a basking shark from the Coos Conglomerate Member of the Empire Formation, Oregon, were collected in 1972 by students from the University of California, Berkeley.