Aquatic Life

Whale Sharks Won't Eat You

Growing up to 65 feet and weighing 10 tons, the whale shark is the largest fish in the world; it is three times the size of a great white. Scientists have recently discovered that whale sharks travel to great depths, sometimes up to 6,000 feet, and some even make long journeys -- sometime as far as 800 miles -- from home. The reasons for the deep dives and long "road trips" are unclear. As Mark Erdmann, marine scientist with Conservation International who is studying whale sharks, said: "It's a reminder of just how little we know, even today, about life in the sea." We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Whale sharks can weigh up to 30 tons, or 60,000 pounds. 00:07

  2. In February, whale sharks migrate to warm waters, like Venezuela, to feast on plankton. 00:49

  3. Whale sharks sometimes serve as protection for smaller fish against predators. 01:36

Written by Curiosity Staff October 25, 2014

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