Amazon Quiz: What is this variety of shark called?
Answer: Whale Shark
The whale shark is the largest known extant fish species and is a slow-moving shark. The longest confirmed individual whale shark measured 18.8 meters in length (61.7 ft). This shark lives in the open waters of the tropical oceans and is rarely found in water temperatures below 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit).
Whale sharks have very large mouths and are filter feeders, which only two other sharks, the megamouth shark and the basking shark, do. They are harmless to humans because they eat almost entirely plankton and small fish.
It feeds on plankton such as copepods, krill, fish eggs, red crab larvae from Christmas Island and small nektonic life such as small squid or fish. It also feeds on egg clouds produced by the mass spawning of fish and corals.
Divers have seen the shark in a variety of locations, including Honduras’ Bay Islands, Thailand, Indonesia (Bone Bolango, Cendrawasih Bay), the Philippines, the Maldives near Maamigili (South Ari Atoll), the Red Sea, Western Australia (Ningaloo Reef, Christmas Island), Taiwan, Panama (Coiba Island), Belize, and Mozambique’s Tofo Beach.
The IUCN lists the species as endangered due to the effects of fishing, bycatch losses, and vessel strikes, as well as its long lifespan and late maturation.