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10 Interesting Whale Shark Facts

You are here 10 Interesting Whale Shark Facts.Whale sharks are the biggest fish on Earth.An interesting fact is that although the name mentions whale, they are not whales, but a species of sharks.In comparison to other fish skeletons that are composed of bone, the skeleton of whale sharks are made up entirely of cartilage.Tropical climate and warm oceans are their homes.Here 10 Interesting Whale Shark Facts.Lets have a look

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 Whale Sharks lives very longer. They live for 70 to 100 years, with some living for an even longer time.


 Whale sharks are very big in size. Their length is between 20 to 32 feet, and they weigh more than 20 tons on an average and Female whale sharks are larger in size than the males.


✦ Whale sharks have about 3,000 teeth set in 300 to 350 rows. However, these animals being filter feeders, the teeth are not of much use.


 This species of shark are slow-moving. When they are moving in water, they have a speed of not more than 2 to 3 knots per hour.


The dot and stripe patterns on a whale shark's body are like human fingerprints. They are unique to each individual shark.


✦ Whale sharks are probably the only species in the world that take a really long time to attain sexual maturity. They do not mature till they reach the age of 30 years.


✦ One of the most surprising facts about these gigantic sharks is that they are very timid and docile. They have never posed problems to divers. Rather, they display playful behavior with swimmers and divers.


✦ Whale sharks are migratory fish, and are capable of making journeys of thousands of miles. They prefer areas with warm water and temperature, and hence migrate to tropical areas in the spring season.


✦ Whale sharks are known to lead a solitary life. They are very rarely seen in large groups. They live in tropical and warm, temperate zones. They prefer living closer to the surface of the sea as compared to the ocean beds. 


✦ Their biggest predators are human beings. Along with humans, other sharks and bigger whales are also their predators. The remains of smaller whale sharks were found in the stomach of these fish.
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