Meet the second largest fish in the ocean: the basking shark, which defies expectations with its surprising diet.
- Basking sharks prey on plankton.
- Basking sharks have no teeth.
- Basking sharks have bristle-like gill rakers, which enables them to sift the ocean for microorganisms.
- Basking sharks can grow up to 11 metres long and weigh up to 7 tonnes.
Sharks are some of the most intimidating animals on the planet.
Streamlined and powerful, they are apex predators. But some sharks prey on an altogether more surprising food source, plankton.
This is the basking shark. They have no teeth. Instead they are filter feeders, passively sifting the ocean for plankton, tiny ...
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