Giant Shark Found In Surprising Place

March 2, 2012 by staff 

Giant Shark Found In Surprising Place, Basking sharks, the second-largest fish on the planet, were once plentiful along the Pacific coast of North America, gathering by the hundreds and even the thousands. Now, it’s a rare treat to see even one of these ocean giants. Yet within the space of just a few days, satellite technology has offered scientists an unprecedented look at the mysterious wanderings of this elusive fish.

On Feb. 2, a basking shark tagged with a tracking device in June 2011 suddenly checked in near Hawaii — after eight months of silence. The fish, tagged near San Diego, was one of only four basking sharks ever tagged in the eastern Pacific, and the lone shark to keep its tag for such a long time.

“It was really exciting for us,” said Heidi Dewar, a research biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif.

“It’s the first time that anyone has demonstrated a direct connection between basking sharks in the eastern Pacific and the central Pacific,” Dewar told OurAmazingPlanet.

The roughly 2,500-mile journey (4,000 kilometers) from California to Hawaii is the farthest ever recorded for a basking shark in Pacific waters

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