Whale shark Gavin Meehan
The whale shark also known as Rhincodon typus is a slow moving, filter feeding and the biggest known fish. A whale shark has a wide mouth with around 300 rows of teeth, The shark also has five pairs of gills. A whale sharks head is wide and flat, ad their skin has is grey with varying white spots and stripes. When fully grown whale sharks can grow up to 40 feet long. whale sharks get their food by filtering plankton and small fish fro the water. These huge fish are known as gentle giants making them a very popular tourist attraction around the world.
If the whale shark were to become extinct and removed from this food web it cold cause the whole thing to collapse. If There were no more whale shark to eat huge amounts of krill, the krill population would grow rapidly creating creating a need for more algae. with the algae population not growing as fast the number will decrease until their are none, and being the base of the food web the whole web would come crashing down.
Meat, fins, and oil from whale sharks are in high demand on the black market and are of very high value, this posses a great threat to the species drastically cutting down their numbers. Other threats to the species are accidental capture in fishing gear, and tourism plays a threat because if a shark were to get close to a boat the propeller may kill them.