(This article was originally published in July 2009 and is visible now so that readers can look at what was happening on the Costa Tropical back then.)
A large basking shark has been seen in the waters off Punta de la Mona!
But before you all start rushing out of the sea in a scene reminiscent of Jaws, the Basking Shark, although the second largest fish in the oceans, is also completely harmless to humans, and just cruises the waters eating plankton and generally being nice.
This beautiful animal was spotted by divers from Centro de Buceo La Herradura, and their top man in a mask and flippers, Luis Pellejero, explained that the Basking Shark is a protected species and to harm or capture one is prohibited under European Law, “It was a magnificent, innocent example just roaming our waters in search of plankton, which is the only food consumed by this, the second biggest fish in the world,” concluded Luis.
I seem to remember from my Navy days, that the largest fish in the world is a Whale Shark, but they are not found around these parts… they favour the more tropical waters of the world. If I’m wrong… emails to the Editor please demanding my head on a silver platter.
(News: Herradura, Costa tropical, Granada, Andalucia)