Sunday, April 11
Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the largest living shark second to the whale shark. This animal is found in all the temperate oceans or warmer waters. It is a slow moving and generally harmless animal. The reason why this is called basking shark is because it is most often observed that when feeding on the surface, it appears to be basking in the water.
It is the only member of the family Cetorhinidae. Please view the Extant Order for more info.
The first specie of this order was found in Norway. The genus name Cetorhinus comes from he Greek word ketos which means marine monster or whale and rhinos means nose. The name maximus is from Latin which means "greatest".
For more information on the basking shark's range, habitat, anatomy, appearance and many more go straight to this link from Wikipedia.