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Whale Sharks are not Whales but Sharks (fish), its also referred to Whale due to its huge size measuring up to 12 meters or possibly more. Whale Sharks are harmless as they are filter feeders, feeding on microscopic planktons and also small fish. They have also been recorded to feed on newly released eggs of other fishes.
Whale Sharks inhabits tropical and warm-temperate waters.
During this trip to Ahe Island, we visited Cenderawasih Bay where local fisherman anchored their dive bangkas (local boats) to around 40-50 meters depth and have huge nets hanging under their boats to keep all their catches alive. The small fishes caught in the nets attracts the Whale Sharks which came to feed on them through the nettings. In the second picture, you see the Whale Shark trying to feeds on the small fishes (probably anchovies) by sucking them into its mouth.
Lat: -2.56, Long: 134.96
Spotted on Mar 10, 2011
Submitted on Jan 3, 2014
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