Sadly, basking sharks have recently been classified as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Historically, basking sharks were heavily fished for food, fishmeal, leather, and oil. While there have since been regulations put in place to curb over fishing, their population numbers have not been able to rebound and they are believed to still be decreasing.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 14.3 L x 5.6 W x 4.8 H
- Size in inches: 5.63 L x 2.2 W x 1.89 H
- UPC: 095866223403
The basking shark is listed as vulnerable, although local populations in the northeastern Atlantic and northern Pacific Oceans are considered endangered. Their numbers have declined due to a combination of overfishing and a slow population recovery rate. The species is protected by legislation in several countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand.