Scientific name: Cetorhinus maximus
This gentle giant is the largest shark in UK seas, reaching up to 11m in length. There's no need to fear them though, they only eat plankton!
StatisticsLength: up to 12m
Weight: up to 6 tonnes
Average Lifespan: unknown, thought to be around 50 years
The North East Atlantic population are classed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. They are listed under CITES Appendix II and classified as a Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.