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