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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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