Basking Shark Mount for Museum in France

Shark Year Magazine,
25. August 2011

The French taxidermist Bernard Bourlès is mounting a 3.4 metres long basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) for the Natural History Museum in Paris.

The 180 kg shark had been accidentally caught in the waters south of Houat on 27 May 2010. Houat is an island off the south coast of Brittany in the department of Morbihan.

The museum has paid 5.600 Euro for its new shark mount.

Mr. Bourlès said this is one of the biggest fish that he has ever worked on.

Source:, reported on 24 August 2011.
Photos Credit: and Bernard Bourlès.



1 Comment

  1. Trina

    I don’t understand the need to kill this creature just to mount it for display. 

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