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Whale Shark

September 10, 2019


At Thailand’s Richelieu Rock, a whale shark makes a rare appearance. This is no whale but rather the world’s largest fish. Whale sharks can grow up to 12m long, although unconfirmed reports circulate of giants of up to 18m long. This female is about the average size of 8m. There is little to match the awe inspired by an encounter with a whale shark, and for many divers this is the pinnacle of their underwater experience. Their 3000 tiny teeth are rarely used. When feeding they hold their mouths open and feed on plankton, fish eggs and small marine creatures. Ridges down the whale shark’s back are reminiscent of those on leopard sharks’ backs and like the leopard shark, the whale shark is harmless to humans. She has lost the top part of her tail, perhaps due to an attack by a predatory shark when she was a youngster, or possibly a collision with a boat’s propeller. The shark’s fins act like the ailerons on an aircraft’s rudder and wings, helping steer it gracefully through the water. The abstract pattern of spots and stripes gives the whale shark some camouflage from above. Despite being 4 inches thick, the whale shark’s skin can become infected if it’s mucous covering is broken so although it might be tempting to touch or even try and hitch a ride on a whale shark, this practice is highly discouraged. For a long time whale sharks were thought to be oviparous, in other words, hatching from eggs laid by the mother. However since 1995, females have been discovered containing hundreds of hatched pups, proving that the young complete their development inside the mother’s body before birth. Whale sharks do not reach sexual maturity until they are 25 years old, and pregnancies are few and far between, so they are vulnerable to fishing pressures. Shark fin soup is seen as a delicacy and status symbol in many Asian markets. A single whale shark fin can fetch tens of thousands of dollars in some Chinese restaurants. Until this culture changes or legislation intervenes, whale shark numbers are likely to continue falling.

100 Comments

  • Reply James O'Neill August 1, 2013 at 2:16 am

    it has been known for whale sharks to head butt and swing their tail with equal force to a car crash with a semi easily enough to kill a shark

  • Reply BGBEATZ August 2, 2013 at 3:29 am

    i sware to god if i saw one i would shit my life

  • Reply PortxCityxDizzle August 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Bet this wat they saw on the megaladon shark week thing just a whale shark iono tho

  • Reply Barro80 August 12, 2013 at 3:42 am

    13,000 bells right there!

  • Reply adam marks August 13, 2013 at 3:45 am

    i second that asians doesnt know care about wild life asians are prochers

  • Reply Salty SLAYERS August 13, 2013 at 4:22 am

    hey bubble vision check out our whale shark encounter its worth a look..

  • Reply so_valeria August 13, 2013 at 5:09 am

    I had to look it up bc of Tara Reid

  • Reply rax7 August 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    1 of the greatest fishes in the ocean.

  • Reply Shaker Madkhali September 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    wounderfull

  • Reply Orange Chase September 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    thats why i don't eat sharks finn:(

  • Reply khaled abdullah September 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    سبحان ربي العظيم، ويخلق ما لا تعلمون. الله أكبر.

  • Reply nabeel alhamad September 6, 2013 at 12:51 am

    سبحان الخلّاق

  • Reply John Gregorio September 7, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I can fit over a dozen of these bad boys in my freaking pocket in Animal Crossing.

  • Reply tearson September 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    ride it ride it ride it!

  • Reply ◢ тне Scαɴᴅıɴανıαɴ Aтнеısт ◣ September 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Another beautiful creature of planet Earth, another awe inspiring being filled with mystery and interesting features.

    And yet we're bringing it closer and close to meet it's demise, with our greedy behavioural patterns.
    Economic interest, eh?

    Well, what about the life conservative interest of this symbiotic relationship of which we all share on this beautiful round globe, we all hold so dear and are ultimately dependant upon in order to continue our survival.

  • Reply sonicGA October 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    look cute about whale shark.

  • Reply rocketeer454 October 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Perhaps its sheer size acts as a defense mechanism? I know I wouldn't want to get in its way.

  • Reply Bubble Vision November 7, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Watch a new, extended, HD version of this with extra whale shark footage at: Whale Sharks – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 3

  • Reply Bert Jansen November 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I wonder how it tastes.

  • Reply GChi December 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    saw a whale shark at the Georgia Aquarium, i was amazing!

  • Reply Ruser January 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    WELL DONE RECORDED WITH A POTATO???????

  • Reply Charles Stafford January 17, 2014 at 1:57 am

    wow. amazing sharks aint they. i love them. properly my fav shark

  • Reply Blood Beryl January 31, 2014 at 6:29 am

    They are gentle giants and they are ADORABLE. :3

  • Reply Tango February 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I definitely want to this awesome creature her up close in real

  • Reply AirForce706 April 7, 2014 at 10:04 am

    what a beautiful creature

  • Reply Ban Yuosif April 21, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Fak me

  • Reply minersformit April 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    lol then a megalodon shows up 'what did you say about biggest fish '

  • Reply C̸hew May 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

    well all animals are dieing whale shark are my fav fish and i saw 3 in gerogia

  • Reply A S June 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This video was uploaded in the dark ages of youtube :p

  • Reply sangeethdina sarujantharun July 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

    this bluddy bubble vision

  • Reply Sonia Culbertson July 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Jjj

  • Reply Luke Anderson July 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Such a beautiful and majestic creature.

  • Reply LandS Studios July 25, 2014 at 2:05 am

    If you want to see more whale sharks go to our channel and watch whale sharks in Cancun.

  • Reply politexchangeofbullets Bronxgirl September 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    The more I learn about marine nature and land nature, the more I hate man, I wish there was a way to get the trusting nature out of these whale sharks, they just innately trust, it is almost heartbreaking.

  • Reply lukeliam10 November 17, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    epic

  • Reply C’s Aviation - The International Flight Spotter November 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    1:43 DOES THAT MEAN THAT THE WHALE SHARK IS BIG AS A BOEING 737!?

  • Reply no thanks Big no December 20, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Best animal ever <3 <3

  • Reply Nora Ramirez February 4, 2015 at 2:02 am

    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

  • Reply Nora Ramirez February 4, 2015 at 2:03 am

    that is soooooooooooooooooooooo coooooooooool

  • Reply Nora Ramirez February 4, 2015 at 2:04 am

    it has a big mauth

  • Reply Seaunseen March 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Excellent footage!

  • Reply Ser Robert Strong March 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    what if you would breed a whale shark with a great white ?

  • Reply Bob Smith April 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Humans have ruined the earth we have hunted God's creatures to extinction and we won't stop until there r no animals left to hunt it is disgusting. People have such little respect for animals. Politicians only care about economies and rival countries when they should focus on the environment because it is a problem that plagues everyone on earth

  • Reply QVS Jupiter June 5, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I love this type of muzic its cool

  • Reply nako nako July 1, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Its Jinbe!!

  • Reply Claudia Ivette August 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I want to swim with them and caress them, although it is highly discouraged =/

  • Reply Christina Canavati August 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I swam with one in the Maldives!

  • Reply Princess Luna August 30, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Biggest fish is most awesome fish. I love how whale sharks have a whole eco system of smaller fish that follows them around.

  • Reply Tayden Hyslop October 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    that is not real!

  • Reply امين محمد على November 19, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    والله ضخمة

  • Reply Dibby Dobby December 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    OH!!! WOW!!! xxxxxxcx dibby dobby

  • Reply Starman February 15, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Great creature! Please see my video swimming with whale sharks.

  • Reply J the Gamer March 17, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    my favorite part of the ocean so I really really wanted to watch this video and that means that it was really really cool

  • Reply Bitch March 30, 2016 at 6:13 am

    OMG I LOVE THEM XD

  • Reply Britney Bear June 29, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Anyone else here because of finding dory!!!

  • Reply jack nan July 7, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    anyone here because of finding dory? im not.

  • Reply Xenil Hd August 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Dam this video is 10 years old

  • Reply Rosa Douglas August 29, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Cool

  • Reply Scunge September 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    And yet we ignore guilt and poison away our oceans. Kudos to humanity people.

  • Reply luthie fabregas September 10, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    destiny

  • Reply Hakai Magazine November 5, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Tagging whale sharks in the Philippines:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RueTYOpAx4Y&feature=youtu.be

  • Reply Mr. Spiff November 23, 2016 at 5:20 am

    I got to swim with one over the summer, greatest thing i've done with my life. Snorkelling with them at the surface is pretty standard in the places of the world where they aggregate but scuba diving in the deep must be even better. Do you recall how far down this was?

  • Reply 汪瑜珮 December 28, 2016 at 5:45 am

    love the gentle giant XD

  • Reply xXdrifterp07 January 1, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    #10 years ago

  • Reply Mada Sacker January 6, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Jinbee !

  • Reply яєl αχ February 2, 2017 at 2:14 am

    #اصحاب _ثنيان

  • Reply Creators Mayhem March 18, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I love whale sharks they're so beautiful.

  • Reply Mia Shapira April 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    666 comment!

  • Reply Leonardo Datore April 22, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Just a thought, humans know what the ocean looks like and what land and mountains and jungles look like, for fish and creatures that live in the ocean, they have never seen land ever.

  • Reply shannon vaughan May 18, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    So cool sharks don't want us they like fish and seals

  • Reply shannon vaughan May 18, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Go girl wale shark 🦈 your so so cute

  • Reply shannon vaughan May 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Wale shark fat but she's still cute

  • Reply BMX robomonkey June 1, 2017 at 3:27 am

    IT is crazy this was 10 years ago

  • Reply 沉迷其中 June 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    this music make me relax,it seems bring me to another world without noisy

  • Reply Jäger’s ACOG July 15, 2017 at 1:53 am

    It's destiny from finding dory😱

  • Reply VARVAR July 29, 2017 at 2:47 am

    this is the second old video on youtube

  • Reply ayush jaiswal November 3, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Oldest video on youtube !!!

  • Reply Rule of survival pro November 15, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Beautiful whale shark

  • Reply Entity X January 5, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    This makes us humans look like diseases to the earth like cmon this world is filled with bizarre creatures

  • Reply Drawi.Kr8tion February 3, 2018 at 4:03 am

    It '*COULD*' be twice as bigger than it's current size. Dang

  • Reply Omar Khalid February 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    هذه المكرود اجة للعراق

  • Reply Yoko Jacobson February 15, 2018 at 6:12 am

    I am amazed at its beauty, I give glory to THE MOST HIGH at these beautiful creatures that he's made absolutely beautiful.

  • Reply Eleanor Harvey February 27, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Cool

  • Reply Hayden Reynolds April 8, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    we need to stand up for the animals and do something about it for once

  • Reply Sarj Tapia May 28, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Basking shark is scary

  • Reply Elle Woods July 5, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    I bet she's thinking " here come the humans for a look- see " . 🐋

  • Reply Mahesh Solanki Mahesh July 15, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Rohit Solanki and namdani Solanki

  • Reply ramim tahsan August 23, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Wonderful creation of Allah!!!

  • Reply Jcømet11299 September 9, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I want to know what the name of this background music is.

  • Reply Sun Fire September 17, 2018 at 10:33 am

    No animal (or human) can coexist with China,enough said!

  • Reply വസീലി സയത്സേവ് September 19, 2018 at 9:28 am

    https://youtu.be/DSsiuH2a7u4. Whale shark caught in our area

  • Reply BananaLife Passing by December 26, 2018 at 10:18 am

    12 years ago
    yeah im early

  • Reply Devika DL Devika DL January 30, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    How cum those grow into such big By eating just eggs

  • Reply linda brown May 4, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    If it's possible to have a favorite shark, this is it! Wish I could see one in the wild.

  • Reply shahnaz arsh May 15, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Whale sharks are bigger than blue whale

  • Reply Jesse June 21, 2019 at 2:40 am

    it's also there last experience lol

  • Reply Alexander Anderson July 6, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    My favorite animal

  • Reply Rubnawaz Qureshi July 16, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    why this shark is not eating these guys

  • Reply SCP 049 September 2, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I love all ocean, and these are really beautiful, I learned about them in 1st grade…. Amazing…

  • Reply Justin Harp September 7, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Why did I let my 5 year old talk me into watching this as we head to the beach!😨

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