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I have always loved the sea and did compete in sailing competitions around Southern Ireland in a GP 14 named "Rubber Duck" I think the word fuliguline reminded me of this little experience.
The boat did in fact capsize into a school of Basking Sharks. Basking sharks are often seen traveling in larger schools of up to a 100 or more. I swear there were hundreds of them!
I was indeed wearing the thick Atlantic Ocean grade insulated wetsuit. Which I was told after the fact was a good thing or my skin could have been ripped to ribbons due to the basking sharks skin with its large dermal dentacles (denticle" translates to "small tooth). Basking shark skin is very rough and scratchy because it is covered in MILLIONS of scales like tiny shark teeth!
The Basking Sharks sheer size and power must be respected. They are HUGE! They have two dorsal fins. The larger one is to the front of the shark and smaller one towards the tail end. Scary!
What I did not do was turn the boat to the wind and sail away leaving my not so Knight in Shining Armour behind. It is what I wanted to do, but didn't. That could qualify as my good characteristic or my bad one. Depends on the day. My sailing days were numbered after this experience.
Jemi you were right! Well done.
Now you all know a little something about Basking Sharks. Blogging is so informative don't you think!