What do these sharks eat?
The whale shark has a huge mouth that can open up to 1.4 meters wide but feeds on krill and plankton. The Whale Shark has a wide, flat head, a rounded snout, small eyes, five large gill slits, two dorsal fins which are on its back and two pectoral fins which are on its sides. The spiracle, located behind the shark’s eyes is the vestigial first-gill slit used for breathing when the shark is resting on the seafloor. Its tail has a top fin much larger than the lower fin.
Whale Sharks are passive creatures and can be disturbed by aggressive behaviour such as being touched or chased. We need to take responsibility to ensure the survival of these creatures for future generations. This means that causing minimal disturbance to the sharks when we approach them by boat or when diving. Although the whale sharks are harmless, their sheer size makes it necessary to exercise caution around them, especially at their tail end.