That’s a Whale of a Shark: Facts About Earth’s Largest Shark

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Imagine a giant fin sticking out of the water as you watch it getting slowly closer to you. Then you see the massive gray shape approach with its mouth open wide. Don’t worry, it’s just a whale shark. Despite their size, whale sharks are gentle creatures that eat small fish. Get to know this enormous shark thanks to these fun facts.

Largest Fish

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The whale shark is the world’s largest shark and fish.

Longer Than a Bus

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Adult whale sharks grow up to 40 feet long and weigh 20 tons. Their typical length is longer than the average city bus.

Eats Small Plankton

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These enormous sharks eat all kinds of plankton, which are small animals or plants that drift along ocean currents in large blooms. Whale sharks migrate with plankton so they can feed regularly.

Long Life

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Although not much is known about these creatures, scientists believe whale sharks can live for up to 70 years.

Spot the Spots

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Spots on their backs form unique patterns, much like human fingerprints.

Like Warm Waters

Whale sharks enjoy tropical oceans. Many of them migrate among Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines from March to May every year.

Soft Skeletons

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The entire skeleton of a whale shark is made of cartilage. Each mouth has 300 very tiny teeth even though whale sharks rarely use them.

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