Basking shark

a large shark, Cetorhinus maximus, of cold and temperate seas, that often swims slowly or floats at the surface.
Historical Examples

In its external characters the basking shark has much in common with the man-eater.
A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2) David Starr Jordan

Also, a name in the south for the basking shark, from its habit of lying in the sunshine.
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth

The basking shark derives its name from its habit of lying at the top of the water with its upper back above the water line.
Fast Nine Alan Douglas

The largest of all fishes is the basking shark (Cetorhinus), which reaches a length of thirty-six feet.
Elementary Zoology, Second Edition Vernon L. Kellogg

In size they varied from that of the perch to that of a basking shark.
A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2) David Starr Jordan

a very large plankton-eating shark, Cetorhinus maximus, often floating at the sea surface: family Cetorhinidae Also called sailfish


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