Whale Shark

~Animal of the Arctic~

Description

  • Largest fish in the sea (40 ft)
  • Plankton (fav. meal)
  • Flat head & blunt snout above mouth


  • Continued to be hunted in Asia (Philippines)
  • Friendly
  • Dives into the deep (700 meters)

Habitat

  • coastal areas
  • prefers warmer weathers


Food Chains

ANIMALS WHO EAT THEM:

  • Blue Marlin
  • Blue Shark


ANIMALS THEY FEED ON:

  • Zoo Plankton (1mm)
  • Small Crustaceans
  • Schooling Fishes
  • Small Tuna
  • Squid


Threats:

  • -Taiwan/ China

whale shark 30 miles south of pascagoula pt. 2

Adaption

  • Migrate often
  • Visit Ningaloo Reef, Australia = immature males
  • observe swiffing fish = feed by opening mouth
  • some in warm waters/ some in cold


  • shallow & deep
  • feed by opening mouth (stay in an area & let fish swim in)


Endangerment and Critical Information

  • Flesh have been sold in Asian markets
  • Shy of tourist