Whale Shark Facts

There are some interesting whale shark facts.

One of the most important ones is that although they are sharks, they are not dangerous.

Below are some more whale shark facts.

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* They are fish, not whales.

* Their size and feeding habits both remind of those of whales:

* They are huge - they are the largest sharks, and the largest fish in the world, growing to about 10 metres long and weighing up to 20 tons

* Mouth alone is one metre long

* They are filter feeders and perfectly harmless to humans

* They eat small fish, crustaceans and plankton

* Also like whales, they can live very long - up to 100 or even 150 years

* The pattern of each individual is unique like human fingerprint

* Males are smaller than females

* Like whales, they migrate, and can travel very long distances

* They live in tropical waters around the world

* In Australia, they come close to the coast in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

* There are tours that take you swimming with whale sharks

* Whale sharks are threatened species

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