In its external characters the basking shark has much in common with the man-eater.
Also, a name in the south for the basking shark, from its habit of lying in the sunshine.
The basking shark derives its name from its habit of lying at the top of the water with its upper back above the water line.
The largest of all fishes is the basking shark (Cetorhinus), which reaches a length of thirty-six feet.
In size they varied from that of the perch to that of a basking shark.