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www.greenpeace.org/usa/oceans/wildlife-facts/whale-shark

Whale sharks have 5 large gill slits and the first gill slit (spiracle), which is used for breathing when the shark is resting on the sea floor, is located directly behind the shark’s eye. This species can weigh up to 15 tons, and like most sharks, females are larger than males. Whale sharks have about 3,000 tiny teeth, which are of little use.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_sharks

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark and the largest known extant fish species.The largest confirmed individual had a length of 18.8 m (62 ft). The whale shark holds many records for size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living nonmammalian vertebrate.It is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon and the only extant member ...

www.aquariumofpacific.org/onlinelearningcenter/species/whale_shark

Habitat. The whale shark is considered to be a pelagic open water fish, but it is frequently seen in shallower inshore waters associated with lagoons, bays, and coral reefs. It prefers warm tropical water, ...

www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Whale_shark

Whale shark is the common name for a very large, slow, filter-feeding shark, Rhincodon typus, characterized by a large, terminal mouth with small teeth, spotted body, nasal barbels, and sieve-like apparatus for straining plankton.The whale shark is the largest living fish species. This distinctively-marked shark is the only member of its genus Rhincodon and its family, Rhincodontidae (called ...

reefci.com/2019/01/15/5-fun-facts-about-whale-sharks

5 Fun Facts about Whale Sharks January 15, 2019. 1. Whale sharks are the largest fish on the planet – they can reach up to 14m (46 feet!) in length and can weigh up to 12 tons. That’s 24,000 pounds or nearly 11,000 kilos!! 2. Whale sharks are in no way related to whales.

www.whalefacts.org/whale-shark-facts

The prevention of migration may create issues in whale shark habitat sustainability as being cut off from certain areas or other whale sharks can have adverse affects on reproduction and/or the population size of whale sharks in specific habitats. 10 Whale shark facts that may surprise you. Because the whale shark is a fish it is cold-blooded ...

www.atlasobscura.com/articles/whale-shark-sounds

The whale shark was swimming near Darwin’s Arch, an inverted stone U thrusting out of the Pacific Ocean, chalky white and red-brown against deep blue. Just beyond that is Darwin Island, a high ...

gcrl.usm.edu/whaleshark/life_history.php

Whale sharks have the ability to make deep dives to 2000 m (Graham et al., 2006). Scientists have proposed that young whale sharks may spend the first part of their lives in the deep ocean, exploiting the concentration of marine life (euphausiids, myctophids, squid, jellyfish) at the “deep scattering layer” (Wilson et al., 2006).

www.conservation.org/projects/whale-shark-tracker

Watch researchers tag whale sharks, the biggest fish in the ocean. Whale sharks grow to over 40 feet long and weigh as much as 20 tons. Conservation International has partnered with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, the State University of Papua and the Cenderawasih National Park Authority to tag whale sharks with fin-mounted satellite tags in Indonesia’s Birds Head ...

scienceblogs.com/cortex/2007/03/29/whale-sharks-in-captivity

The whale shark was fed with a tube after it seemed to lose its appetite over a period of months last year, said Robert Hueter, director of the center for shark research at the Mote Marine ...