Sure, you know that whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea (reaching 33 to 39 feet) and they sieve plankton for nourishment. Being that you’re clever and smart you must know these 10 wicked facts about whales sharks, too – but, I’ll tell you again anyway.
- Whales sharks have the thickest skin in the world – just about 10 centimeters thick!
- Whale sharks may have wide mouths for gulping plankton, but don’t worry – they can’t swallow a diver as their throats are exceptionally narrow in comparison to their mouths.
- Whale sharks don’t just eat plankton, they sometimes wait for fish to lay their eggs so they can eat those, too.
- In Vietnam, whale sharks are known as Ca ong, or “Sir Fish”.
- The whale shark was once worshiped in Vietnam, and along the coast you can still find ancient shrines along the coast.
- Whale sharks are covered with pale stripes and spots (see image).
- “What’s that bump?” Whale sharks attempt to get rid of skin parasites by rubbing themselves up against boats.
- Whales sharks are loners. They prefer to live, hunt, and travel alone.
- Most sharks live to be around 25 to 30 years old, however whales sharks and dogfish sharks can live to be 100 years or more!
- Whale sharks are thought to be able to give birth up to 300 pups at one time.
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