Massive Basking Shark Washes Up in Maine

The carcass of a 26-foot male basking shark was discovered by local fishermen on the shores of Greenland Cove in Bremen, Maine, on January 4.

State scientists took samples of the shark to help determine its diet, age, and genetic information.

Basking sharks are the largest fish found in Northeast waters. They are plankton eaters, and are often mistaken for great white sharks as they cruise near the surface.