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Whale Shark

Rhincodon typus

Description:

Photo taken open sea near Isla Mujeres Mexico.This one particular has more than 13 mt. Is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 mt and a weight of more than 21.5 tonnes , and there are unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks. Claims of individuals over 14 mt long and weighing at least 30 tonnes are not uncommon.

Habitat:

The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. Although whale sharks have very large mouths, as filter feeders they feed mainly, though not exclusively, on plankton, which are microscopic plants and animals.

Notes:

This was a day of days for me, around 50 Whale Sharks in the area :) 3 Hrs swimming, adrenaline 100% Wow ther was a moment i have 3 of this wonders around, thanks Mother Nature. During Julay and Agust we have the largest migration of Whale Sharks in the world, last year 2011 scientific´s spot in one day by airplane 203 Whale Sharks.

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27 Comments (1–25)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Toshimi:)
Thanks so much Sumukha :)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 6 years ago

Tats a gigantic shark..!! Loved the video..:-)

ToshimiDowaki
ToshimiDowaki 6 years ago

Great VIDEO!!

ASH247
ASH247 6 years ago

:)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks so much ASH :)

ASH247
ASH247 6 years ago

Great! I can't wait to possibly see your new spottings!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks so much ASH, Sachin , Jeannette,
Thanks Antonio i been lucky and maybe i have the same chance on Friday again.

ASH247
ASH247 6 years ago

Your welcome! Thank you for re uploading the video, it's great that you had the opportunity to spot such a beautiful animal! Great job!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Excellent video,

Jeannette
Jeannette 6 years ago

The video is too cool :)

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 6 years ago

no comments :) perfect spotting Gerardo ,amazing video,congratulations my friend

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks ASH , Joshua, jgorneau :)
I just reloaded the video

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 6 years ago

damn thats sick.

ASH247
ASH247 6 years ago

I would like to c it

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

The video is mesmerizing!

ASH247
ASH247 6 years ago

I can't receive your video can you plz re upload it?

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Just add a video !

Jeannette
Jeannette 6 years ago

Looking forward to :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

I will upload a video latter !

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Gordon , Jeannette, tajminator :)
Thanks Nina the season just start and is amazing i will go a least 5 more times this month i will upload more spotting´s :) this is the beast experience of all to me :)

Nina C. Wilde
Nina C. Wilde 6 years ago

BTW, I have seen a Whale Shark while snorkeling and it was an AMAZING experience. You are so lucky to get to be so close.

Jeannette
Jeannette 6 years ago

Wow, fantastic spotting Gerardo :)

Nina C. Wilde
Nina C. Wilde 6 years ago

Love, love, love it. I also love Isla Mujeres... I've been to Mexico many times and it's one of my favorite places on Earth!

the_tajminator
the_tajminator 6 years ago

That's amazing I really hope I see a whale shark some day

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 6 years ago

Wonderful! Love it....

Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Lat: 21.80, Long: -87.03

Spotted on Jul 6, 2012
Submitted on Jul 6, 2012

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