Alex Mustard - Basking Shark Feeding
A basking shark (Ceterhinus maximus) filters plankton from the water using its gaping mouth. Photographed off the Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.
They are pretty amazing sharks and although they are found throughout the world, from genetic studies scientist have predicted in the last few years that the global population could be less than 10,000 individuals, although a number double that is probably more realistic, although it is still very few. The global population used to be much larger, but fisheries during the last century really reduced numbers. Thankfully fishing pressure on this species has reduced and signs are that the population is slowly increasing. I hope so, they are without a doubt one of the wonders of the ocean.
Location: Island of Coll, Scotland, UK
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