How much do whale sharks eat?
How much whale sharks eat depends on their size. As a general rule, whale sharks eat between 0.5 % and 3% of their body weight at each meal. They have a slow metabolism which means they need two to three days to digest their meal. So, if a fully grown whale shark weighs about 13 tonnes, it might eat almost 400 kilograms of food every 2-3 days. The whale shark feeds by filtering huge amounts of plankton and tiny sea creatures through its gills as it swims. It swims with its mouth open, sucking in huge amounts of water filled with small animals and plankton. This water is then filtered through spongy tissue around its gills. After the whale shark closes its mouth, it uses gills rakers, which are thousands of bristles around 10cm long in its mouth, to filter and eat the tiny plants and animals, which can include small fish, crustaceans and squid. A whale shark will often swim into schools of tiny creatures so as to maximise how much it can trap in its mouth. Because of the way it feeds, and the facts that its 3000 tiny teeth are virtually useless, a whale shark presents no danger to people.
no whale sharks do not eat people they eat plankton No
They eat about 26 tons!
no whale sharks eat tiny minerals
Yes, many whale sharks eat krill.
Whale sharks feed on plankton. They do not eat anything bigger despite their size.
Whale sharks eat zero pounds of fish because they feed on plankton.
Whale sharks are slow moving plankton filter feeders. So would not eat crabs.
Whale and basking sharks.
Whale sharks are very large organisms. Though, they feed on one of the smallest organisms, krill. Krill eat plankton, which is what gives them energy.Then, Whale sharks eat the krill for their energy. They then use this energy by simply swimming.Though this seems easy to do, a Whale shark is much larger and uses a lot more energy to swim than we, humans, do.
it can eat you nigguh'!
Sharks can not eat whale sharks as whale sharks are proportionally bigger than sharks. Sharks may scavenge off dead whale sharks but the probability of live whale sharks being eaten is highly unlikely. Some species of shark are cannibals and babies will often eat each other while inside the womb. ______________________________________________________________________________ Just a short note to remind whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) were contemporaneous with C. Megalodon, and in the same waters. That contributed for the… Read More
Whale sharks rarely eat fish. They most often eat like whales (small stuff like plankton), hence the name "whale shark".
Whale sharks are filter feeders, and wouldn't be able to eat a gray whale unless it's been ground up first.
No. Whale sharks are filter feeders. They don't have the teeth, the jaws or the throat to eat anything that big.
I don't know if Bull Sharks eat Blue Whale, Because I've heard that (ironically) Blue Whales will eat sharks. But if a Bull Shark found a dead Blue Whale, that would be another story.
whale sharks are the most biggest whale...or a shark.....it lives on Philippine waters. they do not eat humans
Sharks may try to eat whale sharks if there is not a lot of other food, but it would be very hard and probably not work because whale sharke are the largest fish on Earth and they kill other fish and even sharks very easily.
The Whale and Basking Shark feed themselves on plankton and krill.
No. Whale sharks eat small creatures like krill. They are filter feeders like baleen whales.
whale sharks have very small teeth and sharp. Whale sharks only eat tiny fish.
No whale sharks are filter feeders. They live on tiny, tiny things (krill) they filter out of the water.
they can really eat any shark except for whale sharks
They eat sub species like plankton, And it is called a megamouth shark.
No. They do not eat animals that big.
Whale sharks are filter feeders. They might ram, or hit a human with their tails if provoked. But since they can't eat anything human-sized, they have no interest - and not much in the way of teeth - to bite with.
Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world, and they are pretty much 'semi vegetarian' they swim with their mouths open and take in plankton and other mini organisms. They do not actively hunt seals or any large animals, In fact human can swim alongside whale sharks in peace
They tear of chunks of meat and swallow it, much like sharks and crocodiles do.
no. but they can swallow you or eat you
the food that they eat
The Great White Shark. Is this a joke? Whale sharks are fricken harmless goddammit! Great whites eat meat while whale sharks eat plankton
large sharks eat killer whales
Most of them do. the only ones that don't are nurse sharks, whale sharks, and horn sharks.
Bigger sharks like whale shark and great white shark. that is not true whale sharks only eat plankton
no! basking sharks and whale sharks are the apex predetors they both eat plankton,fish,krill and squd
No, whale sharks diet consists mostly of krill.
No. Whale sharks only eat plankton
The killer whale can eat all kinds of sharks
Depends on what you mean by "big Sharks". Whale Sharks and basking Sharks eat plankton and Krill. The other "big Sharks" eat bigger stuff. fish, seals etc
The only similarities would be diet (plankton), size and they both live in the ocean. Some whales eat plankton, as do whale sharks. Some whales are close to the same size as whale sharks. Otherwise, whales are mammals, and whale sharks are fish.
The whale Shark is a filter feeder and wouldn't be able to eat a whale unless the whale had been sent through a meat grinder first.
Beleive it or not, yes they do.
no, the killer whale is at the top of it's food chain. it is much too big to be eaten by even a great white shark or a bull shark.
yes, the sharks of many kinds would like to eat it, because the whale shark is the only type of harmless sharks
Whale Sharks are herbivores, they primarily eat plankton.
no, the whale sharks can only filter water and eat plankton
Sharks. Mostly just Great White Sharks. (And a couple of others)
People eat sharks. Whales are all blubber, no meat, so I wouldn't think so.
Killer whales are known to eat sharks and seals. Seals form a major part of their diet.