6.3 m Basking Shark accidentally caught off Victoria AU

The video (courtesy: Museum Victoria) was uploaded by ‘Storyful Editor’ on 23. June 2015.

On 21. June 2015, a commercial trawler caught this basking shark ( Cetorhinus maximus ) off the west coast of Victoria, located in the south-east of Australia. The male basker was unfortunately dead by the time it was pulled aboard.

The Museum Victroria has sent a small team to Portland to measure, describe and take samples from the shark which they will use to gain rare insights into this little-known species.

The only specimens of a basking shark that Museum Victoria currently holds date back to the 19th century.

More Info, The Standard 23/06/2015: Massive shark caught off Portland destined for science 

 

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