basking shark

noun
bask·​ing shark | \ˈba-skiŋ- \

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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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 Shark experts have several theories about why basking sharks would congregate. Nick Caloyianis, National Geographic, "Swarms of Huge Sharks Discovered, Baffling Experts," 12 Apr. 2018 Although fearsome looking, the basking sharks, which can grow up to 32 feet long, are not a threat to humans. Fox News, "Hundreds of 30-foot sharks swimming in massive swarms baffle scientists," 17 Apr. 2018 At the bridge, watch for basking sharks, porpoises, and dolphins. Jamie Moore, USA TODAY, "The world’s 10 most amazing suspension bridges," 26 Apr. 2018 Massive swarms of over 1,000 basking sharks spotted off the northeastern U.S. are puzzling scientists. Fox News, "Hundreds of 30-foot sharks swimming in massive swarms baffle scientists," 17 Apr. 2018 Typically solitary creatures, the throngs of basking sharks have surprised experts. Fox News, "Hundreds of 30-foot sharks swimming in massive swarms baffle scientists," 17 Apr. 2018 Though the surveys were originally intended to find right whales, the researchers used the data to learn more about the enigmatic interactions of basking sharks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Massive Gathering of Mysterious Basking Sharks Found in Aerial Photos," 13 Apr. 2018 In 2013, activists exposed a slaughterhouse in China that butchered about 600 whale sharks and basking sharks each year. National Geographic, "Investigation Leads to Rescue of Whale Sharks," 5 June 2016

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circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

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