Basking sharks can be found in temperate waters around the globe and are the world’s second largest living fish reaching an impressive 8 metres (that’s almost the length of two cars).
Filter feeders are animals that feed by filtering tiny organisms, such as plankton, from the water column.
Instead of teeth, many filter feeders have specialised sieve-like structures, such as a whale’s baleen or a whale shark’s gill rakers, that catch suspended food particles as water passes over them.
Did you know the blue whale, the biggest animal on earth, filter feeds? Find out more fascinating facts about filter feeders by clicking on the photos below!
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The Blue Whale is the largest creature ever to have lived on earth. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant – their hearts, as much as a car.
Second only to the Blue Whale in size, the Bowhead Whale is one of the longest living mammals in the world! They are uniquely adapted to living all year round in the cold, harsh Arctic seas and are famous for their complex and beautiful songs.
Reef-building Staghorn Corals are among the fastest growing corals on the reef; when healthy their branches can grow up to 8 in a year! They were once very abundant, but their population has declined by over 80% since the 1980’s, with no signs of recovery.
The Whale Shark is the largest fish on the planet! Although it’s name suggests it may belong to the whale family, it is actually 100% shark!