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The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the largest known extant fish species in the world. It is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark. Its common name, “whale shark”, comes from its size, being as large as some species of whales and also because it is a filter feeder like baleen whales.
Whale sharks are found in open waters of the tropical oceans and are rarely found in water below 21 °C (70 °F). Despite their large size, whale sharks are gentle and often allow swimmers to hitch a ride. They are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), mainly due to being hunted in some areas for their fins and meat.
Question 1: What is the approximate maximum length that a whale shark can reach?
Answer 1: Up to 40 feet (12 meters).
Question 2: What do whale sharks primarily feed on?
Answer 2: Plankton and small fish.
Question 3: Are whale sharks dangerous to humans?
Answer 3: No, they are not dangerous to humans. They are gentle and often allow swimmers to hitch a ride.
Question 4: What is the conservation status of the whale shark?
Answer 4: They are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Question 5: True or false: Whale sharks give birth to live young.
Answer 5: True. They are ovoviviparous, meaning the eggs remain in the body and the females give birth to live young.
Question 6: Approximately how many teeth does a whale shark have?
Answer 6: About 3,000 teeth, but they are tiny and not used for feeding.
Question 7: Which oceans can you find whale sharks in?
Answer 7: Whale sharks can be found in all tropical and warm-temperate seas, except the Mediterranean.
Question 8: What unique pattern do whale sharks have on their skin?
Answer 8: Whale sharks have a unique pattern of white spots and strip
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