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Among the masters of the sea lies a sluggish monster Cetorhinus maximus is just that although more generally known as the Basking shark This interesting animal has some unusual characteristics which include its physical behavioral reproductive and feeding attributes Other details about the Basking shark consist of its habitat distribution among the waters ecological relationships and research being done on this gentle shark Basking sharks have been known to range from between twenty to fifty feet long but are more commonly closer to thirty feet Allen 1996 158 The smallest recorded Basking shark was sixty-five inches long which is the estimated size of one at birth There have been no significant differences found to exist in the age-length relationships of C maximus populations World-Wide Although all Basking sharks are large the females tend to be quite a bit bigger than the males which is probably because they have to carry a whole other organism within Harman 1996 21 Basking sharks have at some point in time also been known as the elephant shark the Bone shark sailfish shark and sunfish The reason this shark is occasionally referred to as the Bone shark is because when they die they sink their density is greater then the waters density and are ravaged among the sea floor by rocks etc Steel 1985 132 However when they do finally wash up on shore they are usually quite mutilated their skeletons are all that remain Hence the name Bone shark Although the Basking shark most appropriately resembles the Whale shark its closest relative happens to be the I could not find in any of my many sources the life span of the Basking
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