Conservation

Whale Shark – Endangered

Meet the Whale Shark – the largest fish on the planet. Whale sharks can grow up to 40 feet…about the size of a school bus!

Despite their size, they are generally considered harmless to humans. Whale Sharks are non-predatory. They feed primarily on plankton, shrimp, marine plants, and fish eggs. Their distinct white spotted patterns are unique to each shark, like human fingerprints!

Whale Sharks populations are widespread across the world. Their presence in tropical waters and gentle demeanor often make them popular tourist attractions for boaters, snorkelers, and divers.

Unfortunately, human impact is a threat to Whale Shark populations, which are on the decline. Whale Sharks are vulnerable to by-catch, entanglement, vessel strikes, and tourism misconduct.

Take action to protect the Whale Shark. Support policies and organizations that work to establish safer fishing and tourism practices.