5 Interesting Facts About Whale Sharks

Whale Shark

This is a whale shark having a casual swim

Today I want to write about one of the most amazing and beautiful sharks in the world, the whale shark.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These massive sharks grow up to 12 metres long and can weight up to 12,500 kg, making them the largest fish in the ocean.
  2. Despite their size, and the fact that they are sharks, they are very gentle, only eating plankton.  They suck their food in through their huge mouths that are one metre wide and filter it through their gills before swallowing.  Whale sharks migrate for thousands of kilometres every year to breeding and feeding spots.
  3. They give birth to live young.  Baby whale sharks are called pups and they are about 40-60 cm long at birth.
  4. They have the thickest skin of any fish, up to 14 cm thick.  The markings of every whale shark are like fingerprints, with no two sharks having the same pattern.
  5. They are found in warm waters around the world.  Whale sharks are considered vulnerable to extinction due to over-fishing and because it takes a long time for their numbers to recover as they are slow breeders.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about whale sharks?

Similar Species:

Basking Shark

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