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Whale Shark

Rhincodon typus


This beautiful, shy shark -- fondly called "the gentle giant" of the seas -- is the largest shark and the largest living fish species. It has very distinctive markings. Also known as Typus Shark and Tofu Shark. They feed on planktonic and nektonic prey, such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel, small tuna and albacore, small crustaceans and squids. It can reach a length of up to 14m. These are slow filter-feeding sharks whose mouth can be 1.5m wide and can contain as many as 350 tiny rows of teeth.


Living in the open sea although often comes in close to shore. It has been observed at depths of 0 to 700m. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.


I spotted this juvenile whale shark from the dive boat, and went on to swim with it (without touching it!) up to about 3m. It was about 5m long.

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58 Comments (1–25)

Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks for all your greetings! It's always my pleasure to share my photos here, and the activity is even more gratifying when I read your comments. :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Blogie, this spotting amazed me when I was about a month into Project Noah, and I am no less in awe today. Thanks for sharing the underwater world with us. Congratulations!

Woo-hoo. Congratulations Blogie!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Congratulations, Blogie!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Congratulations Blogie :):)

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Congratulations Blogie

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Congratulations Blogie!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Wow! Congrats!

Blogie 9 years ago

Wow! Thanks guys! :)

DanielHernández 9 years ago


LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Congratulations Blogie :)

KarenL 9 years ago

Congrats Blogie! This awesome photo has been chosen as a runner up in the "2012 Best Spotting of the Year" Fish category!

namitha 9 years ago

Awesome spotting.

Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks very much, LoisStacey and Austin Jacobs! Yep, it was a fantastic experience indeed!

Austin Jacobs
Austin Jacobs 9 years ago

Great spot. This looks like a great experience.

LoisStacey 9 years ago

What a great spotting! This must have been fantastic.

Blogie 9 years ago

It sure was, Kevin! I really want to see an adult whale shark next time -- they can grow up to a gigantic 14-meter but still very graceful creature!

KevinBBabbitt 9 years ago

wow that is AMAZING!!!

Blogie 9 years ago

That's right, Maria! It's an awe-inspiring experience to see them in their natural habitat. I hope I get to see one again soon...

MariaPomsaharova 9 years ago

awesome spotting! what a beautiful gentle giant.

Blogie 9 years ago

Thank you, Hunter! I feel a bit bad, though, because I wasn't able to take a photo of its left side. You see -- and I discovered this after this amazing encounter -- researchers around the world identify whale sharks by the markings on their left side. Anyway, I did name this one Bruno. ;)

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 9 years ago

What an incredible animal. You're extremely lucky to be able to photograph this! Great photo.

Blogie 9 years ago

My pleasure entirely, bbprevas. :)

bbprevas 9 years ago

wonderful video. thank you for sharing.

Blogie 10 years ago

@MeaganKeefe - Thanks! Feel free to use my picture & video! :)

@Ava - Thank you!

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 27, 2012
Submitted on Feb 27, 2012

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