Whale sharks live in the open ocean where they feed on plankton, schooling fishes, jellyfish, small crustaceans and squid. Whale sharks up to approximately 3 feet in length are eaten by blue marlin, blue sharks, great white sharks and killer whales.Continue Reading
Fully grown whale sharks average 32 feet in length and are well-defended by tough, thick skin with a layer of cartilage underneath. Adults often have scars and bite marks from earlier predator attacks.
Whale sharks use different strategies for feeding according to prey density. When prey density is low, they feed by swimming forward with their mouths open, filtering the water through dermal denticles lining the gill plates and pharynx. They use the same method when prey density is high but swim faster, often in a circular pattern. At medium-prey densities, whale sharks feed actively by sucking in prey.Learn more about Sharks
Whale sharks live in all seas that are tropical or warm-temperate. Generally whale sharks range no further south than South America and no further north than the United States. They prefer warmer waters near the equator.Full Answer >
Mako sharks prey on a wide variety of pelagic fishes, including mackerels, herrings and salmon. Examination of specific populations from Cape Hatteras to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland indicates that the bluefish is preferred by the shortfin mako.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
According to National Geographic, whale sharks reach weights of 42,000 pounds or more. As the largest fish in the sea, the warm-water creatures have been measured at 40 feet but potentially grow even larger.Full Answer >