a really big shark (Cetorhinus maximus), inhabiting the north coasts each of European countries and the united states. It sometimes becomes forty foot long, becoming one of several largest sharks understood; however it has little simple teeth, and is risk-free. Its captured in the interests of its liver, which often yields several drums of oil. It offers gill rakers, resembling whalebone, in the form of which it distinguishes little pets from sea water. Called also basking shark, bone shark, hoemother, homer, and sailfish; its sometimes called whale shark, but that name's more commonly useful for the Rhincodon typus, which develops also bigger.