Whale sharks are large sharks that are generally not dangerous to people due to their diets. They are filter feeders that only feed on small fish and plankton.Continue Reading
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea. They can grow to lengths up to 40 feet long and weigh around 20 tons. These sharks prefer warm, tropical waters. They are easy to identify, as they have a flat, blunted head, and their bodies vary from shades of grays to browns and are littered with white spots.
Despite their size, whale sharks are docile animals and have no interest in large pray such as humans. Instead, in order to feed, they swim with their mouths open and swallow small fish and plankton.Learn more about Sharks
The 400 living species of sharks defend themselves in a variety of ways that vary from species to species. Large species, such as great whites, basking sharks and whale sharks derive protection from their size; they are too big to represent potential prey for any species except humans. Other species, such as carpet sharks, rely on their flattened morphology and cryptic coloration to avoid the detection of predators.Full Answer >
Great white sharks eat mainly seals and sea lions. They also eat other types of fish and even sea turtles. Seals are a good source for great white sharks due to their large body fat ratios.Full Answer >
Though sharks are considered apex predators, they are often eaten by humans and are sometimes eaten by killer whales. Shark embryos from different fathers will also eat each other in utero, with the largest embryo of the bunch usually winning out.Full Answer >
Male sharks are referred to as bulls or simply as males. Female sharks are only referred to as females, and the offspring of sharks are called pups.Full Answer >