A basking shark feeds off the coast of Scotland. (Getty)
A basking shark feeds off the coast of Scotland. (Getty)

Sharp Decline in Basking Shark Sightings in California

The Second Biggest Fish in the Ocean Is Increasingly Hard to Find

About the size of a small school bus, the basking shark is the second largest fish in the ocean and is found in temperate and tropical waters across the globe. In the mid-1900s, basking sharks were observed by the thousands each year off California’s coast. Now they are rarely seen at all in this region, called the California Current Ecosystem, or CCE.

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