By Alana Theron

Basking Shark Breaching 

By Alana Theron

Basking sharks are found all over the world in arctic and temperature waters, there is no one place that this species prefers.

The basking shark is known for its impeccable jaws that filter out all zooplankton from the surrounding waters.

Their jaws have 5-gill slits that catch the zooplankton as the water passes over the surface.

They can filter over 130,000 gallons of water per hour!

These interesting sharks only breed once a year during the warmer summer months (May-July).

Basking sharks are very social animals. They can be spotted in groups ranging from 3 to 500 individuals.

They are often the victims of parasites such as remoras and sea lampreys.

Researchers speculate that these sharks breach to avoid getting infected by these parasites, but it is yet to be confirmed.

Although basking sharks are not the prettiest or the fiercest of shark species, they still have a significant role in the overall ocean health and ecosystem.

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