COSEWIC Status Reports

COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Basking Shark Atlantic population in Canada

The Basking Shark is named after its conspicuous behaviour of "basking" (more accurately feeding) at the surface. The Basking Shark is distinguished from other sharks by its large size (it is the second largest fish in the world), elongated gill slits, pointed snout, a large mouth with minute teeth, and a crescent shaped caudal fin. Colouration is typically blackish to grey-brown. Gill openings have prominent gill rakers.


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COSEWIC Secretariat
c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0H3
Tel: 819-938-4125
Fax: 819-938-3984
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