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The basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second largest living fish on earth, and one of three plankton-eating sharks besides the whale shark and megamouth shark. Itcan be found in all the world’s temperate oceans. It is a slow-moving filter feeder and has anatomical adaptations for filter feeding, such as a greatly enlarged mouth and highly developed gill rakers. Adults typically reach 6-8 meters (20-26 feet) in length.

Basking shark

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Largest great white sharks ever recorded

The great white shark (scientific name: Carcharodon carcharias) is not the biggest shark (that title goes to the whale shark), but they are the largest predatory fish on Earth. According to the Guinness World Records Book, full-grown adults are average 4.3-4.6 meters (14-15 feet) in length, and generally, weigh 520-770 kg (1,150-1,700 lb). But there are many (unconfirmed) claims of huge specimens up to 10 meters (33 feet) in length. Newspapers and home photo albums are full of unconfirmed huge great white tales. And although few have been properly authenticated, there is a lot of circumstantial evidence to suggest that the largest great white sharks grow to more than 6 meters (20 feet) in length.

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Top 6 largest fish species

Here are the top six largest fish species (within around 33,100 described species).

But, first of all, what is a fish? At first, it looks like an easy question, but in fact it is not. There are a wide range of animals we call “fish”, so it is not easy to define what makes a fish “a fish”. A general description: “a fish is any member of a paraphyletic group of organisms that consist of all gill-bearing aquatic craniate animals that lack limbs with digits” (wikipedia).

All fishes have a brain protected by a braincase, and an obvious head region with eyes, teeth, and other sensory organs.

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