While sailing in the Sea of Cortez
, twice we sailed along with those big Whale Sharks. They were just swimming near the surface cruising along and seemed oblivious to us alongside them. Big colorful spotted beasts!
"The basking shark
) is the second-largest living fish
, after the whale shark
, and one of three plankton-eating sharks besides the whale shark and megamouth shark
. It is a cosmopolitan migratory species
, found in all the world's temperate oceans. It is a slow-moving filter feeder
and has anatomical adaptations to filter feeding, such as a greatly enlarged mouth and highly developed gill rakers
. Adults typically reach 6-8 m in length."