basking shark definition

  • noun:
    • a really huge shark (Cetorhinus maximus) that measures around about 12 yards (40 feet) in total, feeds on plankton, and often floats near the surface of liquid.
    • A very large shark, Cetorhinus maximus, that feeds at or close to the surface by filtering plankton from water and it is present in all the world's temperate oceans.
    • See under Basking, Liver, etc. See also Dogfish, Houndfish, Notidanian, and Tope.
    • A popular name associated with Cetorhinus maximus (or Selache maxima), one of the biggest regarding the sharks.
    • big harmless plankton-eating northern shark; often swims slowly or floats at ocean surface
  • others:
    • among the largest species of sharks (Cetorhinus maximus), so-called from the practice of basking in the sun; the liver shark, or bone tissue shark. It inhabits the northern seas of European countries and America, and grows to a length greater than forty legs. Its a harmless species.

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