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Basking Shark In the midst of all the masters of the sea, comes an enormous atrocious sea creature. It is known for being the second largest species of sharks in the world and also a fascinating monstrosity. Cetorhinus Maximus, also known as Basking sharks are fierce yet bizarre lethargic sharks. They are known for their gigantic mouths and unique appearance, which sets them apart, and additionally are quite impressive. According to “The Shark side of Life” it states that, “These sharks can grow to lengths of over 35 feet (10 meters), thus making them the second largest fish in the ocean ("The Shark side of the World ").” Due to their colossal appearance, this particular shark has few enemies. Basking sharks are very independent and known to depart from their mothers once born. They are ovoviviparous which is a form of reproduction where the eggs are internally fertilized as well as hatched within the female bearer which she gives birthed to fully young sharks. In addition to their eccentric process of reproduction, Basking sharks are oophagous, which means that the mother produces infertile eggs to nurture the fertile eggs, as a source of food. According to Sharks Trust, it states “Gestation periods of 1–3.5 years have been proposed though this figure has recently been revised to around 14 months. Estimates of the size at birth range from 1–1.7m, making Basking Shark pups larger at birth than the majority of other sharks are when fully grown ("Shark Trust ").” This shows that they are in labor for a little over a year which is twice as much as humans can. There is not an accurate range to how many babies a basking shark can possess, however according to Shark Trust, it states “only a single reported catch of a pregnant female carrying six pups reported in 1943 ("Shark Trust ").” This shows that there is a possibility they could carry but because there is no…...

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