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Open Wide Whale Sharks - Rhincodon typus are filter feeders.  They feeds by opening their mouth and gulping in water filled with planktons and as the water/planktons passes through their gills, the planktons are captured.<br />
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This Whale Shark showed up to feed behind our Boat at night when we put a bright light to attracts planktons at night. Geotagged,Maldives,Rhincodon typus,Shark,Whale shark,Winter Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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Whale Sharks - Rhincodon typus are filter feeders. They feeds by opening their mouth and gulping in water filled with planktons and as the water/planktons passes through their gills, the planktons are captured.

This Whale Shark showed up to feed behind our Boat at night when we put a bright light to attracts planktons at night.

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  1. Insanely cool, Albert, what a shot! And so recent :) Posted 2 years ago
  2. Great Photo Albert. I just went swimming with Whale Sharks at Holbox, Mexico and it was an amazing experience. Just out of curiosity, any idea what species of Remoras those are? Posted 2 years ago
  3. Magnificent Albert. Posted 2 years ago
  4. From today's Facebook post:

    As the largest living fish on Earth, the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) is undeniably huge! It’s also incredibly beautiful, looking like it’s been dipped in the night sky and is covered in starlight and constellations. The maximum size of whale sharks is unknown, but it’s estimated that they can grow up to 20 meters (~65 feet) long! Despite their intimidating size, whale sharks are harmless and docile, unless you’re plankton…These gentle behemoths use their humongous mouths to filter feed on plankton. The mouth of a whale shark can be up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide and contains up to 350 rows of tiny teeth! But, seriously—how do these gigantic sharks survive by eating teeny tiny plankton? Simple…They eat a LOT of it. Usually, they filter feed passively just by keeping their mouths open as they swim forward. But, whale sharks are special: They can also forcefully suck in prey, thus using their mouths like a vacuum cleaner, which allows it to pull in more food than other filter feeders. Pretty cool! {Spotted in the Maldives by JungleDragon moderator, Albert Kang} #JungleDragon

    Posted 7 months ago
    1. **I'm having difficulties posting to FB right now, but will try again later to get this post on there... Posted 7 months ago
      1. Thanks, Christine for featuring this observation :) Posted 7 months ago
        1. You're welcome Albert! I was so surprised by their size - especially the size of their mouths!! Posted 7 months ago

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The whale shark, ''Rhincodon typus'', is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 metres and a weight of more than 21.5 tonnes , and there are unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks. This distinctively-marked fish is the only member of its genus ''Rhincodon'' and its family, Rhincodontidae , which belongs to the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The species originated about 60.. more

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Uploaded Mar 9, 2017. Captured Mar 8, 2017 01:24 in Thaa Atoll, Maldives.
  • TG-4
  • f/2.8
  • 1/60s
  • ISO640
  • 4.5mm