Latin name

Cetorhinus maximus

Other names

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The dark gray or slate-gray fish, transitioning to a paler hue, got its name from its habit of swimming slowly at the surface. Its long gill slits cover its sides and almost close together underneath, with long, closely spaced gill rakes, which it uses to capture zooplankton. The gills are shed in winter and the shark basks on the bottom while it grows new ones.


The shark is distributed almost all over the world.


The Pelagic shark lives in cool, temperate waters.


The second-largest shark in existence today, growing up to 45 meters.

Life history and Behavior

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Food and feeding habits

Feeding on plankton, it does not take bait because it is too big for sport fishing.


Her three-year gestation period is the longest of any shark.

Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Squad Lamniformes
Family Cetorhinidae
Genus Cetorhinus
Species C. maximus
Conservation status Endangered
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years 13
Maximum body weight, kg 5130
Maximum length, cm 1227
Sailing speed, m/s 0.28
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Predator

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