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With its mouth agape and its gill rakers extended, a...

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Caption: With its mouth agape and its gill rakers extended, a basking shark (approx. 20-feet in length) feeds near the ocean surface.
Scientific name: Cetorhinus maximus
Location: Santa Barbara Channel, California
Copyright: © Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Photographer Code: SHK0281015
AGPix ID: AGPix_ChDaTiFl26_0018
Photo Alignment: 35mm (horizontal)
Comments: While they are the world's second largest fish (behind the whale shark), basking sharks feed only on the ocean's tiniest planktonic creatures. By swimming with their large mouths open, they filter feed by extending and contracting appendages called "gill rakers" in the back of their throat.

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Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats Ltd.
Underwater / Marine Photography
1215 Surf Ave.
Pacific Grove CA 93950-2033

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831 649-1086

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831-649-0986

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