Whale Sharks

Whale sharks are my favourite sharks.

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Whale sharks: from their name, it is a little confusing, like are they sharks or whales? Fishes or mammals?

Whale sharks are sharks!

They are a kind of filter-feeding fish. This means that they swim around with their mouths open, eating plankton. It is highly similar to a whale, which is why they are called whale sharks.

There are only three filter feeding sharks, the other two are the megamouth shark and the basking sharks. Theses sharks are completely harmless to humans since they consume plankton.

Whale sharks are the largest living non-mammamalian vertebrate. The largest confirmed whale shark was 12.65 m long and 47000 lb!

Whale sharks are found in tropical oceans and rarely in waters below 22 degree C.

Whale sharks are gentle giants and that’s why I love them so much. I hope that this post was informative and made you love them a little more too.

Here’s a video about whale sharks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn5a3XJhJd4

Here’s another video of whale sharks at the aquarium:

I think that this is good music to listen to while watching the above video!

Cheers,
Danelia Chim

 

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