Whale sharks are world’s largest fish and a great source of attraction for the people around the world. Kids are more curious to know about this. Here are some interesting facts about this giant mammal.
- Habitat: Whale sharks are found in all the seas of the world, except Mediterranean Sea. They are found in all temperate and tropical waters. They also migrate to different feeding grounds in search of food.
- Appearance: Whale sharks have light yellow lines on their body. They are really huge and can be up to 45 feet in length. They are huge yet calm mammals, so they are also called as gentle giants.
- Life span: Whale sharks lives really long life and many researchers believe that they live up to 150 years.
- Young sharks: According to an estimate, whale sharks give birth to a large number of off springs but only 10% of them survive to become adults. Young sharks have to survive own their own, as their mothers leave them right after birth.
- Threats: Like other mammals, sharks also face many threats. Unregulated fishing is the biggest threat to whale shark. They are also hunted for shark fins, skin, meat and liver oil.