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Text and pictures by Jacob Scuba
The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 m (41.5 ft) and a weight of about 21.5 t (47,000 lb).
The whale shark is a filter feeder – one of only three known filter feeding shark species (along with the basking shark and the megamouth shark). It feeds filtering the water on plankton including copepods, krill, fish eggs, Christmas Island red crab larvae and small nektonic life, such as smallsquid or fish. It also feeds on clouds of eggs during mass spawning of fish and corals. It sucks large amount of water, keep the nutrient and blow the water out from the gills.
Whale sharks meets in large numbers in Bahia de La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. There are whale sharks almost year round, but the highest concentration is between November and April, with almost 100 whale shark swimming and feeding in the bay. This natural phenomenon gives people an opportunity to experience one of the most exiting encounters between people and nature. Absolutely safe, whale sharks eat plankton and have no teeth in the mouth. Visit www.cabosharkdive.com for more infos, amazing pictures and rates.
WHAT TO BRING: Swimming suit, Sun protection (sun block, hat, sun glasses, etc.), Jacket. towel, warm dry clothes for the way back (sweatshirt or a coat) and Camera.