They can grow up to a staggering 10m in length and weigh as much as 5-7 tonnes. They get their name from apparently ‘basking’ at the surface of the water. In fact, they swim very slowly feeding on microscopic animals and plants called plankton. They are most likely to be seen around Lundy in July & August. Females can live for up to 60 years and give birth to live young (pups) which are 1.5-2m long! The gestation period is believed to be up to one year in length for the female! The basking shark now has a fully protected status in British waters and is included on international endangered species lists.
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