Rare Giant Shark Caught Off Australian Coast

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0rG4PtEIgY&w=560&h=315] Fisherman in Southwest Australia hauled in a surprising catch on Sunday: a 3 ton, 20 foot long Basking Shark! The Basking Shark is the second largest living fish, after the Whale Shark. This large species is a slow-moving, filter feeder, making it a rarity among shark species. . Since they feed on plankton in the water column, on the few occasions they are spotted, they are often seen near the surface. The catch in Austrailia was only the second Basking Shark found in the area since the 1930’s and the third in 160 years. Unfortunately the animal was dead by the time it was removed from the fishing line. Scientists have stated that they are going to try and make the best of this sad situation by learning as much as possible from this incident. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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