Basking shark

Cetorhinus maximus

  • Rare
  • Surface waters
  • Length to 10 m (33 feet)
  • Greyish brown to slate grey to black; can fade to white below
  • Very long gill slits, which almost encompass head
  • Combs of horny gill rakers; small numerous teeth
  • Strong horizontal keel just prior to tail fin
  • Listed as Endangered under the Species at Risk Act

Everyone that encounters a Basking Shark, Bluntnose Sixgill Shark, Tope Shark, or any other shark species in BC (with the exception of North Pacific Spiny Dogfish) is encouraged to document and report the encounter to DFO.