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Basking Shark

SKU 223429

The second largest fish found in today’s oceans, the basking shark is the only living member of the Cetorhinidae family. They typically reach sizes of 23 feet, and are one of three known species of shark that feeds entirely on plankton.

  • Scientific Name: Cetorhinus maximus
  • Characteristics: Basking sharks can be found in the coastal waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans – and thanks to this figurine, in your living room! Individually sculpted and hand painted, this model makes a wonderful gift for even the pickiest nature enthusiast!
  • Size and Color: 5.75 inches long and 2.25 inches tall, our basking shark model is about the same size as a soda can resting on its side. Basking sharks have grayish-brown backs with lighter colored undersides.
  • The Basking Shark is part of the Wild Safari® Sea Life collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.
  • History:

    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
    Present Status 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.