Monday, May 17, 2010

Rare Basking shark netted by fishermen off Baja California

Peter Thomas has the scoop on a rare Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) caught by gill netters off the coast of Baja last week.

The last recorded Basking shark in Mexico was in 2003 creating quite a stir within the shark research community.

We contacted Dr. Oscar Sosa-Nishizaki of the Laboratorio de Ecología Pesquera
Departamento de Oceanografía Biológica CICESE and he confirmed, "technicians are taking measurements and details of this animal."

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Now comes word of a giant basking shark killed, presumably, in the same manner just north of Ensenada off Rosarito Beach. The gruesome photo is courtesy of Cesar Rivera, who shared what little information he had with 976-TUNA. Rivera estimated the basking shark to measure 26 feet, making it a full-sized adult.

Basking sharks, which are filter-feeding plankton-eaters, were once hunted globally for their fins, oil, meat and vitamin-rich livers, and they're classified as either vulnerable or endangered, depending on the region.

Complete coverage here.

1 comment:

Thomas said...

Do those people know how rare that shark is or was it just another day at the office?