Feeding Habits - For such an enormous fish basking sharks consume very tiny prey. Most of their diet consists of plankton, fish eggs, larvae and copepods, which are small freshwater crustaceans. A filter feeder, basking sharks obtain their food passively. They swim with their mouths open, filtering around 2,000 tons of water per hour. Bristlelike structures known as gill rakers trap the plankton, allowing water to exit out the gills and mouth.
Cool Fact - Basking sharks are among the largest fish in the world, second only to whale sharks in size.
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