"Since late March 2019, local fishers and sightseers on whale watching excursions along the Southern California Coast have been treated to a rare sight — dozens of school bus-sized basking sharks lumbering through the water. This is the first time the "gentle giants of the sea" have frequented the area in such large numbers in over thirty years.
Basking sharks, the world's second largest fish, are often mistaken for great white sharks because of their similar dorsal fins. However, while the animals, which can measure up to 30 feet in length and weigh over 10,000 pounds, are larger than the feared predators, they are entirely harmless to humans. Similar to the world's largest fish — the whale shark — and the world's largest animal —the blue whale — basking sharks are filter feeders that swim slowly across the water with their mouths wide open to capture unsuspecting krill and plankton."
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