Whale Shark By zach abbott

one key adaptation the whale shark has is there huge mouths. these mouths grow around 1.5 metres wide that contain up to 350 rows of teeth. these help them filter feed by sieving plankton from the water.

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Another key adaptation, arguably its most important feauture is Its monumental size. Its size is its greatest protection and adults have little to fear from natural predators except for humans.

little is known about the whale sharks movement behavior but what is know is, Their movement has been attributed by some researchers to timing with plankton blooms and changes in water temperature.

They tend to spend most of their daytime hours cruising at shallow depths, apparently feeding, sometimes right at the water surface. During night time and when they are swimming over distances they tend to go deep and have been recorded to 3215 ft , the maximum depth the instrumentation used could measure.

It has no eyelid or protective membrane. If the shark perceives the possibility of injury to an eye, the eyeball is rotated backward into the eye cavity and is covered by a flap of skin that slides forward over the opening.

the friendly giants. unless your plankton, then your screwed lol

whale sharks are very friendly to humans due to the fact that they are filter feeders.


Created with images by MrGuilt - "Whale Shark" • simonesaponetto - "whale shark maldives sea" • Elias Levy - "Snorkling with Whale Sharks" • NOAA Photo Library - "corl0147" • legoalbert - "Sheldon J. Plankton"

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