Celebrating World Whale Shark Day

Today, the world is showing the biggest shark that lives in our oceans – the whaleshark – some big, BIG love. Because believe it or not, the biggest fish in the sea needs all the love they can get! Sure they are a shark – but they are the closest thing to a vegetarian that exists in the shark world. Filter feeders, they eat plankton – certainly not people! While their mouths are over a metre wide, their throats are the size of a quarter. And before you begin to worry about their 3,000+ teeth, you should probably know they are only the size of the head of a match.

It’s hard to believe given the fact they can grow up to 12 metres in length and weigh up to 20 tons, but they are very elusive and proficient in the art of underwater camouflage. In fact, Jacques Cousteau only saw three in his lifetime!

They are found in all temperate and tropical oceans around the world except for the Mediterranean Sea, and can migrate thousands of miles between feeding areas. They spend most of their lives near the surface, but have been known to dive to depths of almost 2,000m.