basking shark

bask·​ing shark | \ ˈba-skiŋ- How to pronounce basking shark (audio) \

Definition of basking shark

: a large plankton-feeding shark (Cetorhinus maximus) that has an oil-rich liver and may attain a length of up to 45 feet (13.7 meters)

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Recent Examples on the Web This week SharkFest is taking a look at the wilder side of sharks, including the exclusive peek above at the basking shark. Kelli Bender,, "SharkFest Looks at the Weirder Side of Sharks, Including Those Living In the Bermuda Triangle," 14 Aug. 2020 The shark can reach weights of 2,600 pounds and is considered the smallest of the three species of filter-feeding sharks, behind the whale shark and the basking shark, according to conservation group Oceana. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A rare giant shark now sits in an ice block at the Smithsonian, allowing researchers to hopefully unravel clues about its evolution," 11 Aug. 2020 The largest common shark species in Massachusetts is the basking shark, said Skomal. Don Lyman,, "Besides great whites, there’s little to fear among local sharks," 14 Aug. 2019 Global populations of basking shark dropped during the 20th century and the species has struggled to recover because of slow reproduction rates. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Mysterious giant shark tracked by satellites, rare sightings," 19 Aug. 2018 The series of fortunate events started in August 2014, when the shark was tagged with a satellite transmitter just off of Malin Head, a hotspot for basking sharks in the northeast Atlantic. Kirsi Goldynia, CNN, "A bizarre-looking shark resurfaced on camera after an extraordinary trans-Atlantic adventure," 18 Nov. 2019 Despite their size and menacing appearance, basking sharks are not aggressive and are harmless to humans. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Mysterious giant shark tracked by satellites, rare sightings," 19 Aug. 2018 The data was taken from a 26-foot-long basking shark spotted in 2015 in Malin Head, Ireland. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "World's second-largest shark can jump just as high and as fast as great whites," 24 Sep. 2018 Out of the nearly 11,000 sightings of basking sharks recorded in the database, only ten large aggregations (more than 30 sharks) were found in the waters between Nova Scotia and Long Island. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Massive Gathering of Mysterious Basking Sharks Found in Aerial Photos," 13 Apr. 2018

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circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

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