The huge mouth of a Whale Shark - Rhincodon typus, all opened up during feeding.
During a recent trip to Maldives, we had 2 Whale Sharks showed up behind our Boat at night and I was able to spend more than 6 hours in the water with them. The Boat put up bight lights at night to attracts planktons and this in turn attracts other predators, big and small to feed on them.
Being the biggest fish in the world, it is incredible that the diet of the Whale Sharks are tiny planktons. They are filter feeders, gulping in huge volume of water rich in planktons and this water are course through their gills which takes in the planktons and other small/tiny stuff as their food.
On this particular occasion, one of the whale shark spend the whole night feeding behind our Boat, it shows up around 7 pm and was still there feeding when I got up the next morning at 5 am!
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