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Whale shark / Domino

Rhincodon typus

Description:

Photo taken open sea near Isla mujeres mexico. 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.

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13 Comments

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Scott and animaisfotos!

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 8 years ago

Great shot with a nice big whale shark!
Can you also put my new shark mission? http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/9422...

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 8 years ago

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Vipin

vipin.baliga
vipin.baliga 8 years ago

My God...!!!
Such a beauty...!!!
Thanks a lot for showing me this.. :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Alin And Fedra

FedraGosselin
FedraGosselin 8 years ago

LOVE THE SMILE!!!!!!!

alin
alin 8 years ago

wow!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Ismael

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 8 years ago

Awesome!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Lisa yes very lucky
Thanks Marta for your grate comments.

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

In Holbox? Is an excellent place to see whale sharks, I recommend it :-)

LisaPalmerFleming
LisaPalmerFleming 8 years ago

Lucky you!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Spotted on Sep 3, 2011
Submitted on Dec 29, 2011

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