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Hoping to see some of these in Belize in a couple of months!
Happy #WhaleWednesday! Meet the largest fish in the sea, the Whale Shark Rhincodon typus! These gentle giants can reach the length of a school bus, and weigh as much as 50,000 pounds. Whale Sharks spend their days behaving more like whales than sharks, feeding on plankton as they swim along the ocean's surface.

One of the most noticeable traits about whale sharks is their white spots located along their bodies. Every shark has a different pattern of spots, and this actually allows scientists to identify individual sharks from photographs so that they can track their movements. These massive sharks are found in all of the world's tropical seas.

Whale sharks are currently listed as an Endangered Species by the IUCN Red List because of a variety of human threats they currently face causing population declines around the world. These threats include fisheries catches, by-catch in nets, and vessel strikes. Other threats affect Whale Shark on local or regional scales.

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Photo: Michael I’Anson on Unsplash

#oceanlife #conservation #whaleshark #seahope #waterislife #VitaminSea #CleanSeas #marinebio #biology #oceans #saveourocean
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