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Swimming with Whale Sharks!

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Take a look at our Whale Shark experience we had a few weeks ago! It was one of our life time highlights. It is unbelievable swimming with something that big, literally the size of a bus! The ones we swam with were about 25 feet long. with mouths about 6 feet wide. This video is 14 minutes long so make sure to watch it when you have some extra time!

FACTS ABOUT WHALE SHARKS:
As the largest fish in the sea, weighing up to 60 tons (54.4 metric tons), whale sharks have an enormous menu from which to choose. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers—and us!—their favorite meal is plankton. They scoop these tiny plants and animals up, along with any small fish that happen to be around, with their colossal gaping mouths while swimming close to the water’s surface.
The whale shark, like the world’s second largest fish, the basking shark, is a filter feeder. In order to feed, it juts out its formidably sized jaws and sucks in everything in the vicinity. It then shuts its mouth, forcing water to filter out of its gills. Everything that remains becomes the giant shark’s dinner.
The whale shark’s flattened head sports a blunt snout above its mouth with short barbels protruding from its nostrils. Its back and sides are gray to brown with white spots among pale vertical and horizontal stripes, and its belly is white. Its two dorsal fins are set rearward on its body, which ends in a large dual-lobbed caudal fin (or tail).
Preferring warm waters, whale sharks populate all tropical seas. They are known to migrate every spring to the continental shelf of the central west coast of Australia. The coral spawning of the area’s Ningaloo Reef provides the whale shark with an abundant supply of plankton.
Although massive, whale sharks are docile fish and sometimes allow swimmers to hitch a ride. They are currently listed as a vulnerable species; however, they continue to be hunted in parts of Asia, such as Taiwan and the Philippines.

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3 thoughts on “Swimming with Whale Sharks!

  1. So cool! I just kept waiting for him to jump up and bite those flippers….the music was making me nervous 🙂

  2. Fourteen minutes went by way too fast. I think I need to watch it again. It is amazing that such a large fish can be so docile. That would rank right up there with kayaking with killer whales for me (which i haven’t done, but is a dream trip for me). I am so jealous… I want to go. I don’t think Chris would be jumpin in the water with me. Looks like you had a wonderful time and the rest of the pictures of the water and food made me feel like I was on vacation with you. I hope to see you in September for sure. We are doing well and new baby Mitch is a doll. Court could you be any cuter pregnant, are you even showing yet?? Talk to you soon. xoxo Stace

  3. How amazing!!!! What a once in a lifetime experience!

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