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Exhibition hall: Diversity of Life
The Largest Basking Shark Specimen in Japan
The Largest Basking Shark Specimen in Japan
Display Location: The Biodiversity Room
This specimen was caught off of Waita, Wakamatsu Ward, Kitakyushu on 12 March 1993. Basking sharks are docile plankton feeders and the second largest fish in the world. This 8.3 meter specimen is the largest in Japan and the second largest in the world. Though once common, their numbers have been decreasing in recent years.

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