A rare sighting on a basking shark was caught on video and shared publicly within just a couple days of each other. One of the videos of a basking shark in the Pacific Ocean was filmed by a sport fishing crew that leaves daily from Dana Wharf. The business is called Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching and provides multiple services for sportfishing and whale watching.
The basking shark near Dana Point, California was seen on a 3/4 Day Fishing trip which is a 9 hour trip that does fishing off the coast. The sighting of such a rare fish isn’t exciting just because it isn’t usual to see one but because basking sharks are the second largest fish in the world. The only fish that is larger is a whale shark.
In Canada the basking shark has been labeled as an endangered species. In the United States it’s only listed as a species of concern. One more step and the basking shark will be an endangered species in the US too.
NBC Bay Area interviewed some of the fisherman and the Captain of the Sum Fun. A fisherman on the trip named Mike Lam said, “I was like, wow, this is a mythical creature. I thought everything about shark was scary. It was calm; it actually wasn’t scared of us.” The captain told NBC that it wasn’t the first basking shark he had seen actually seeing one about a year ago.
A day before the Dana Point, CA shark was sighted one was actually seen and caught on video in La Jolla, California as well. This video didn’t have much of a description but was uploaded by FinlanderII and actually has a 3D viewing option to view the hunt to catch the basking shark on video.
We’ve include multiple videos below for you to watch the Basking Sharks being found in California.
Basking Shark – Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching – Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point
Here is some video of the rare basking shark off the southern California coast. Dana Wharf’s vessel, the Sum Fun, took this video on a 3/4 day fishing trip. The basking shark is the second largest fish, behind the whale shark. Dana Wharf has both fishing and whale watching trips departing daily! Visit us online or call 949.496.5794!
Basking Shark – Rare Video – Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching
Rare video of a basking shark off the southern Orange County coast! The basking shark is the second largest fish behind the whale shark.
Basking shark La Jolla – 04-24-12
Basking shark up close
Great footage of a basking shark shot by kayaker Craig Whalley off the Isle of Man. Courtesy of Craig Whalley.
UK Shark is bigger than a Great White – Sharks – BBC
Steve Leonard takes a canoe along the UK coast line to swim with a shark that is known as the second biggest fish on the planet and larger than the notorious Great White. Interesting animal video from BBC wildlife documentary, ‘Sharks: Great Whites in Britain?’.
For more information about basking sharks we’ve included some information from Wikipedia that will help you learn more about these docile creatures and what they eat in the wild:
The basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second largest living fish, after the whale shark. It is a cosmopolitan migratory species, found in all the world’s temperate oceans. It is a slow moving and generally harmless filter feeder and has anatomical adaptations to filter feeding, such as a greatly enlarged mouth and highly developed gill rakers. The shape of its snout is conical and the gill slits extend around the top and bottom of its head. The gill rakers are dark and bristle-like and are used to catch plankton as water filters through the mouth and over the gills. The basking shark is usually grayish-brown in colour and often seems to have a mottled appearance. The caudal (tail) fin has a strong lateral keel and a crescent shape. The teeth of the basking shark are very small and numerous and often number one hundred per row. The teeth themselves have a single conical cusp, are curved backwards and are the same on both the upper and lower jaws.
Basking sharks are a migrating species and are believed to overwinter in deep waters. They may occur in either small schools or alone. Small schools in the Bay of Fundy have been seen swimming nose to tail in circles in what may be a form of mating behavior. Basking sharks are not aggressive and generally harmless to people.