Latest Basking shark Stories
Basking sharks, after being protected from commercial hunting since the late 20th century, are on the rise in British waters.
NOAA's Fisheries Service has designated the eastern North Pacific basking shark, a "species of concern" because it has suffered a dramatic decline in population despite decreasing fishing pressure.
A recent scientific conference has provided new evidence for the effects of unseasonal summer storms on a variety of spectacular marine life, including deadly jellyfish, basking sharks and oceanic seabirds.
Researchers have discovered where basking sharks â€“ the world's second largest fish â€“ hide out for half of every year.
SIX basking sharks have been tagged off the coast of Donegal. The creatures were spotted swimming in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and were filmed by an RTE crew.
Volunteers are being asked to log sightings of basking sharks in a survey that aims to find out more about the world's second largest fish.
Volunteers are being asked to log basking shark sightings in a survey that aims to find out more about the world's second largest fish.
More than 50 percent of wide-ranging oceanic shark species are threatened with extinction as a result of overfishing, according to a new study.
Basking sharks are much more canny predators than previously thought, ecologists have discovered. According to new research published online by the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology, basking sharks are able to reverse their normal pattern of diving at dawn and surfacing at dusk in order to foil the attempts of zooplankton trying to evade capture. As well as shedding new light on basking behaviour, the results have important implications for the conservation of shark species.
The Basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, is the second largest fish after the whale shark. The basking shark is a cosmopolitan species - it is found in all the world's temperate oceans. It is a slow moving and generally harmless filter feeder. Like other large sharks, basking sharks are at risk of extinction due to a combination of low resilience and overfishing through increasing demands for the sharks' fins, flesh and organs. Taxonomy This shark is called the basking shark because it...