The endangered gentle giants of the sea need your help!
Scientific Name: Rhincodon typus
Average Lifespan: 70 years
IUCN Status: Endangered
Average Size: 12 ft - 40 ft
Average Weight: 11 tons - 21 tons
Habitat Range: Preferring warmer waters, whale sharks populate the worlds tropical oceans and can be found throughout.
Threats To Species
Unfortunately in Asia there is still a demand for whale shark meat, fins and oil, which means they are still at threat from unsustainable and unregulated fisheries.
Their large size also puts them at risk of bycatch. Whale sharks are often found tangled in ghost gear (abandoned or lost fishing equipment) these can cause them injury and in some of the worst cases death.
Interesting Facts About Whale Sharks
As slow movers, whale sharks move at speeds no faster than 3 mphs. It takes one of them 3 years to travel 8,000 miles!
Whale sharks aren't able to bite or chew despite their mouths being able to stretch to 4 ft wide. They are filter feeders with thousands of tiny teeth and they filter plankton and small fish through their modified gills.
Research has estimated that less than 10% of whale sharks born will survive into adulthood because their mothers leave their young to fend for themselves.
Whale sharks are in no way related to whales, they are actually sharks and very gentle ones at that.
They can filter over 6,000 litres of water each hour through their gills!
Whale Shark Awareness Necklace
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This beautifully hand-carved, whale shark tail pendant is a majestic way to show your love for whale sharks, a gentle giant but also an endangered species. Grab one for yourself and one for a friend!