25-foot basking shark seen in Puget Sound

SEATTLE (AP) -- A 19-year-old woman fishing with her father near Edmonds saw a 25-foot basking shark.

Grace Coale of Edmonds told The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/1sVveWL ) she was excited, not scared, when she saw a 3-foot fin headed toward their boat Saturday near Meadowdale Wharf.

She took photos that were identified by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fishery biologist Heidi Dewar as a basking shark.

Dewar says basking sharks were once killed by salmon fishermen and now there are a limited number in Puget Sound.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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