A Basking Shark Seen In Waters off Punta Umbria

A LARGE basking shark was sighted this Monday in the waters off Huelva’s Punta Umbria municipality.

The shark was sighted by Pesca Huelva who captured and tweeted the image.

According to Pesca Huelva in its publication, the animal, the second largest fish in the oceans after the whale shark, was about 10 meters deep, providing for the witnesses of the scene “a real show”

“Huge Pilgrim Shark sighted today off Punta Umbría, in front of the Enebrales area at a depth of about 10m. The specimen could be between 4 or 5 meters long. A real spectacle. Photograph credit: Manuel Fortes.”


The basking shark -Cetorhinus maximus- is a species of lamniform elasmobranch in the family Cetorhinidae, considered the second largest fish in the world, after the whale shark, and can reach 10 metres in length and four tons in weight.

Adults typically reach 7.9 m (26 ft) in length. They are usually greyish-brown, with mottled skin.

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Cristina Hodgson

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