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Transcript of Whale Sharks
or Carnivore? Whale Sharks Whale Sharks By: Kaitlyn Katz Did you know a Whale Shark is the world's largest fish?
Did you know a Whale Shark can live for about 70 years?
Did you know a Whale Shark is not a whale at all?
Did you know a Whale Shark has 4,000 teeth?
Did you know a Whale Shark's skin is about 4 inches thick?
Well now you do! The whale shark is one of only three filter-feeding sharks. It feeds on very small plankton including small crustaceans like krill, copepods, and crabs larvae as well other tiny invertebrates such as squid, small fish, and jellyfish. Whale sharks gets its food by hanging vertically by the water and sucking in the food. How do Whale Sharks reproduce? Well, now you do!! Did you know any
of this about
Whale Sharks? How does a Whale Shark protect itself? A shark has many ways to protect itself. The
shark's body is sleek to swim fast through
the deep-sea and away from killers. It can sway about 22 miles per hour, and even swifter in short torrents. A shark has so many numerous teeth because of the way it eats. It bites and jerks its prey around so violently, that the whale shark loses many teeth in the process. How do Whale Sharks breathe? Unlike whales the whale shark breathes through gills which allow it to extract oxygen from the water. Whales on the other hand must come to the surface to breathe otherwise they would drown. The whale shark has five pairs of gills to pull the oxygen out of the water. Characteristics Fun Facts: Scientific Name: Rhincodon Typus Weight: 35.8 tons or 79,000 lbs. Height: 12.2 meters or 40
feet Warm or Cold-Blooded: Cold- Blooded Body Coverings The whale shark body is mostly gray with a white belly. This skin is marked with a "checkerboard" of pale yellow spots and stripes. The shark has a pair each of dorsal and pectoral fins. How does a Whale Shark get its food? Female Whale sharks lay their eggs and the male Whale sharks fertilises them. Whale Shark eggs hatch inside the mother's body
and the females give birth to live young between
40 to 60 centimeters long. When Whale sharks are born they are called pups. How does a Whale Shark travel? Whale Sharks can travel
kilometers. Whale Sharks are
they eats planktons. Author and
Kaitlyn Katz Thank you for watching!
I hope you learned ALOT about the Wonderful
Whale Sharks! :-)