141704 Basking Shark Cetorhinus maximus Length to 12m
Our largest fish, and the 2nd largest on the planet. It filter feeds surface plankton during summer months but little is know of its habits at other times. Adult has typical shark shape but disproportionately large mouth. Above water, nose, dorsal fin and top of tail fin are often visible. Most records come from SW England, N Irish Sea and NW Scotland, June-September. It is scarce in some years if plankton is poor.