Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Creature Wednesday/ whale Shark

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Hello Wednesday, well my aqua class started back this week , but I was unable to attend on Monday as Leo had his appointment with his paediatrician but I went this morning.

Anyway it is creature day and today's creature is the whale shark, this mighty monster is the biggest fish in the world. It grows up to 12 metres about 40 feet in length, they also have the thickest, toughest skin in the world. It can be 14cm or 5.5in thick in places and like other sharks its skin is covered in tiny, hard, sharp denticles which means little teeth.

However, these huge creatures do not chase or bite humans they just cruise around using their wide mouths to filter tiny animals out of the seawater. Due to their size no other creature can scare them, the only real threat to them are humans in fishing boats.

Thankfully many countries have laws banning whale shark hunting, whale sharks are so gentle and friendly that they have been known to allow divers to stroke them.


8 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

My what a bigmouth is has!

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Interesting about this shark.

CWMartin said...

Seen many a nature show with divers interacting with these big guys. So cool!

Karen @BakingInATornado said...

Good to hear about a shark that doesn't bite people.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Chatty......That's for sure

Margaret.....I thought so

Chris........Agreed

Karen......Yes big and gentle

Ian H said...

Don't know about being gentle. It would just be my luck for it to discover one me at 200 pounds is equivalent to several million wee fishies.😁

Ricki Treleaven said...

These things are scary looking!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Ian........Yeah I get that

Ricki.......Yes they are

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