You see, whale shark eat things like plankton and krill, which are so tiny they can fit inside that tiny throat of theirs. Whale sharks aren't going to come tickle your toes on a Cancun beach.
What a concept. Only three of the 275 known shark species have been known to attack people. A Whaleshark approaches from the depths of the Ningaloo Reef.
Yes, I've done quite a few of the top 10 nature adventures as selected by TripSavvy. 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. Skerry, Nat Geo Image Collection. Continue Reading.
But then the whale shark decided it had had enough of me. I've rappelled waterfalls in Australia, cliff-dived into an ocean blowhole in Hawaii, and most spine-chilling of all driven solo in loco Mexico City traffic.
Even if Cancun wasn't already an irresistible getaway destination, I'd go again just to swim with its whale sharks.
The shark didn't care. Even if you somehow made it into their mouth more on that in a minute , whale shark throats only open a few inches, as Smithsonian reported that Dr.
I needed to find out. Whale Shark.
Can we talk for another moment about how big whale sharks are? Related Articles. No land animal even comes close. Their principal risk factors include the international demand for shark products and environmental degradation due to things such as oil spills and over-fishing.
And, frankly, the idea petrified me at first. Got that?
Its back and sides are gray to brown with white spots among pale vertical and horizontal stripes, and its belly is white.