BASKING SHARK

Cetorhinus maximus

basking shark


SIZE

To about 32 ft (9.8 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

Newfoundland, Canada, to FL; usually mid-Atlantic in spring; New England, Gulf of Maine, and Canada in summer.

HABITAT

Coastal and offshore; sometimes enters inshore bays.

SIMILAR SPECIES

White shark has dorsal surface that appears uniformly colored in the water, triangular teeth with serrated edges; lacks gill slits nearly encircling head.

MORE INFORMATION

Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Text descriptions taken from Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

Canadian Shark Research Laboratory

Henry Mollet's Elasmobranch Research

Ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History

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(File Modified Sep. 13 2011)