|Basking shark with divers | Photo: Chris Gotschalk via|
The Massachusetts Fisheries Department has put together a fantastic video that points out some of the distinctions between these two species. As you try to squeeze in a few more trips to the beach before swapping swim suits for sweaters, here are some interesting facts to share with fellow beach-goers. Take a look!
Video by Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries via YouTube
The fin of a basking sharks can also be confused with large ocean sunfish, or mola mola. Here's another video that illustrates the differences between these two ocean animals.
Video: NECWA1 with Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries via YouTube
Sharks come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a couple more shark sightings on the Aquarium's blogs!
- Giant and harmless basking sharks return to the New England coast
- Meet the sleek and awesome blacknose sharks in the Giant Ocean Tank (with pretty amazing underwater video of feeding time)
- The shark and ray touch tank also has a variety of amazing sharks in residence, like coral catsharks and epaulette sharks.
- Some of the sharks in the touch tank were born here at the Aquarium!
- Don't forget about some of the lesser-known sharks at the Aquarium.
- The right whale researchers spotted a mola mola in the Bay of Fundy this year (NOT to be confused with a basking shark).
- During aerial surveys one winter, they snapped a picture of a (really) big shark.