Whale Sharks

Learn more about these large, slow-moving filter feeders.

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Whale Sharks

Whale sharks are thought to live for about 100-150 years, that’s a long life!

Whale Sharks

More than 6,000 liters of water are processed per hour through a whale shark’s gills.

Whale Sharks

These gentle giants feed on small life forms like plankton, krill, fish eggs, and small fish.

Whale Sharks

They are very slow swimmers, moving no faster than around 3 miles per hour.

Whale Sharks

On average, whale sharks grow from 18 to 32.8 feet and weigh 20.6 tons, which is about the size of a school bus.

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks have rows of over 300 teeth, but instead of using their teeth to eat they are filter feeders.

Whale Sharks

Most sharks’ mouths are located on the underside of their heads while whale sharks’ mouths are located at the very front of their heads.

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world and they aren't related to whales.

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