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Hotspot for World’s Second Largest Fish

By Linda Tancs

Did you know that the basking shark is the second largest fish in the world?  Second only to the whale shark, this fish grows up to 30 feet in length.  Feeding largely on plankton, fish eggs and small fish, they’re generally harmless to humans.  Snaking their way through coastal temperate waters, these surface-cruising giants are a tourist draw on the Isle of Man during the summer.  Their numbers are particularly dense there, making the island one of the world’s hotspots for sightings.  Head to Port Erin, Niarbyl or Peel for perfect views along the sheltered south coast.

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