Whale Sharks

The largest living species of shark, these gentle giants feed on plankton and can be found all over the world.

1,322 Questions

Where is whale shark in jaws unleashed?


If you go to Open Ocean east around your compass,far,far there will be whale sharks swiming around your compass on the map also,narwhales,sting ray,crabs,fish grouper,and snake.the whale shark will do no harm

How deep do whale sharks go to?

at 5:00pm-9:00pm the whale shark goes about 1,000 ft deep. but in the morning it spends its time in the shallow waters.

Just a short not to add that the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) is capable of diving to depths of at least 1,286 metres (4,219 ft, to use the above metric terminology). In Journal of Fish Biology, volume 74, February 2009.

What does an whale shark look like?

they are really dark gray with white spots, huge mouths, and gills.

Is whale shark is wild or tame animals?

There are a few whale sharks which are in captivity. These can be tamed by people working with them.

However wild whale sharks are never really tamed. They may be habituated to humans but this does not mean that they are tame in any way. Indeed they still tend to be unpredictable

Does the whale shark attack humans?

No. Whale sharks are filter feeders. If you're larger than krill and the like, you're safe.

How many babies does a whale shark usually have?

A whale shark was discovered in 1996 to be pregnant with 300 embryos. The eggs develop inside the whale shark and then the female gives birth to live young. This is called Ovoviviparity.

What is being done to help whale sharks survive?

Fundraisers, awareness shows ( such as Disney's Oceans.) The main reason for their population depletion is that when fishermen tangle them in their nets, the whale sharks are killed rather than released.

Is a whale shark bigger than blue whale?

No. Whale sharks are the largest known fish alive today, but blue whales (which are mammals) are the largest known animals. Whale sharks are up to 50 feet long and can weigh over 23 tons, but blue whales are up to 100 feet long and weigh 200 tons.

Do whale sharks eat humans?

No. Whale sharks are filter feeders. If you're larger than krill and the like, you're safe.

The size of their throats, and the teeth they have, they couldn't eat humans even if they tried.

Whale shark a carnivore?

No, they eat krill and small fish i think.

Is the whale shark the friendliest shark?

For a Given value of 'friendly' Yes, it might not be very interested in frolicking merrily through the ocean with you, but it would be quite incapable of eating you, and they are very docile.

How will the extinction of whale sharks affect humans?

Well, don't put on the black armband quite yet. The WWF rates the whale shark as "vulnerable" - meaning they could become endangered, but aren't there yet. No one is talking about extinction for them at this point. If they did become extinct (and I hope this magnificent animal never does), it is still, frankly, hard to see how that would affect humans to a great extent. Some peoples use them for food, but many other species can be substituted for that. They are essentially plankton and krill eaters, not top-level predators.

Does a whale shark have a blow hole?

No. A whale shark is a shark, and has gills.

Are whale sharks whales?

no Whale Sharks are large fish in the shark family. Whale sharks are actually not whales. Even though they can be as long as almost two buses they are sharks. They can't hurt you like some other sharks can because they don't really have any teeth. What makes them sharks? Well, they breath out of their gills instead of through a blow hole. They have rough scally skin like sharks and they also lay eggs.

A whale shark is a shark, the largest living fish in the world, yet it is a filter feeder.

Even though it doesnt have the same diet as a shark, it is a shark.

its a shark but is named a whale shark for its large stature and feeding

It's a shark. The only thing it got in common with whales is its size.

A Whale Shark is a fish and a member of the shark family. It is called a Whale Shark because the grow to very large size.

Are killer whales sharks or dolphins?

Killer whales are not sharks. Sharks are fish and have gills whereas a killer whale is a cetacean or a sea mammal and comes to the surface to breath air like us another thing is a shark moves its tail from side to side whereas a killer whale moves its tail up and down last of all sharks are coldblooded and killer whales are warm-blooded. Killer whales are actually dolphins and is the largest member of the family delphinidae a family of oceanic dolphins. One mistake people make about the killer whale is they say it is a whale because in its name is the word whale. But the killer whale is actually a dolphin the reason it is called a killer whale is because it has been seen hunting and killing whales.

How wide is the whale shark esophagus?

I have seen this erroneously answered at a few inches which is false. The whale shark has the ability is constrict the esophagus to keep water out and hold food in the stomach. Water is pushed into the huge mouth at great force and then forced through tubes out of the gill flaps allowing the massive amounts of food to be swallowed. Depending on the size and age of the fish it can vary. The notion that the esophagus is to small to swallow large amounts is false. This article shows that huge volumes of food are swallowed with each mouth full. this site tells you all you need to know about the whale shark esophagus, mouth size, and how much it can swallow.

Anatomical measurements indicated maximum internal mouth

width was 12.0% (N = 8), and mouth height 6.3% (N = 10) of TL, and

the open mouth width to height ratio was 1.9 (N = 10). Internasal

width was 10.0% of TL (N = 11), and vertical mouth height/internasal

width was 0.61 (N = 11). Based on open mouth internal heights, the

estimated total open mouth area was 2035 cm2

for shark A (622 cm

TL), 1841 cm2

for shark B (593 cm TL), and 1079 cm2

for shark C (443 cm TL) (N = 4 frontal pictures of feeding sharks).whale shark swimming at 1.1 m/s.

The biomass ingested was estimated by calculating the volume

of water passing through the partially submerged mouth per unit time multiplied by the mean biomass of plankton per unit volume. With an average of 84.7% of the open mouth underwater during

surface ram filter feeding, a 443 cm TL shark would present an open

mouth area of ∼914 cm2

(84.7% of 1079) and a 622 cm TL shark

an open mouth area of ∼1724 cm2

(84.7% of 2035) to the water.

With a flow velocity at the mouth of 0.99 m/s (90.4% of 1.1 m/s) the

smaller shark would filter 0.0914 m2

× 0.99 m/s or 0.0905 m3

/s of

water = 326 m3

/h, and the larger shark would filter 614 m3

/h. With

an average plankton biomass of 4.5 g/m3

at the feeding sites, the

sharks would, on average, ingest 1467 and 2763 g of plankton per

hour, respectively, and for an average feeding time of 7.5 h per day,

a total of 11,003 and 20,723 g of plankton/day, which at 1.357 kJ/g equates to 14,931 and 28,121 kJ per day, respectively.....