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WATCH: Huge basking shark swims with kayaker in Donegal

The world’s second largest fish, a little too close for comfort.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYg_1qpuslw

YouTube/G Smith kayak angling via Reddit

KAYAKER GRAHAM SMITH was off the Donegal coast when he captured this incredible footage of a basking shark swimming with his tiny vessel.

He writes:

What an amazing experience a baskin shark made 3 attempts to swim with my kayak and I only realised what he was at on his 3rd attempt, he was so close and seemed to like being beside the kayak.

The basking shark is the world’s second largest fish, with adults an average of six to eight metres in length.

It is easily distinguishable by its huge, gaping mouth – an adaptation that helps it filter the plankton on which it feeds.

They are seen with reasonable regularity off the Irish coast.

File photo of a basking shark (Flickr/jidanchaomian)

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