When you mention the term”Shark”, it puts the fear of God in people’s mind instantaneously. Is it really fair to provide”Jaws” bad standing to all shark species? Well, the answer is:”No!” In actuality, the Whale shark is a good example of a shark specie that’s totally undeserving of such a bad reputation.
Of the 350 to 375 shark species that swim in our oceans, seas and even in some of our oceans, the Whale shark is one of the 80 percent of sharks that don’t represent any danger to humans.
Despite the fact that the Whale shark is of appreciable size with its span reaching up to 60 feet, it’s also known as a gentle giant because it is mostly feeding on krill, shrimps, fish eggs, plankton and small fish.
As you can see, humans aren’t one of its feeding habits. The only recorded shark attack done by a whale shark was provoked and not fatal. Injuries associated with this shark specie happened while swimming too close to the tail or fins and were accidental. Any experienced diver would stay at least ten feet away from this powerful creature. From a safe distance, these giants of the sea are called docile and inoffensive.
The Whale shark is known to reside in nine regions of the world and Gladden spit is one of them. It’s located in the Caribbean, near Belize City. Aside from the fact that this region is also home to the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, Whale sharks are known to live in this area.
One of the main factors responsible for attracting this shark specie is the spawning of 10,000 groupers after the full moon. The eggs surfacing represent the yummy caviar appreciated by Whale sharks.
The Whale shark’s strong presence does not just attract divers and scientists but also an impressive number of tourists. In Thailand, ecotourism based on watching and observing Whale sharks in their natural habitat is an important and rewarding area of the tourism market.
The Whale shark might be one of the known shark species but scientists are working hard on learning more about these gentle creatures and sharing their knowledge with the rest of the world.