Are whale sharks in an identity crisis?

Are whale sharks in an identity crisis? What you say? How could something the size of a bus, with an average size of around 10m (30′) and max size of 20m (60′), have an identity crisis? One problem is deep down, they know they are not a whale. They have gills and don’t breath air which means they don’t have anything as showy as a spout. Plus, their tail is sideways compared to whale so no fancy tail slaps on the water to get attention.

A PROFOUND, ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE

Whale sharks are not your average sharks. For one thing, they are huge. While there are many decently sized shark species in the ocean, only the whale sharks can reach a size that is equivalent to a small bus. For another thing, they are filter feeders, which means they open their massive maws to hoover up any plankton and baby fish that are in their path. 

snorkeling with whale shark

whale shark: GENTLE GIANTS OF THE SEAS

Whale sharks are the largest living fish species, and swimming alongside these magnificent creatures is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Whale sharks are the largest living fish species, and swimming alongside these magnificent creatures is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Although they resemble the whales from which their common name is derived, they are not whales but sharks.

WHALE SHARKS IN OUR MIDST – A LOCAL TOUR LEADER’S FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT

On our ride back to the Katharina, everyone’s eyes were lit up. We were all on such a high. Nobody could shut up about how close they got to the whale sharks and how big they were. I was just glad that I could share the experience first hand with our guests. 

whale shark in gorontalo

swimming with whale sharks

I slid gently into the water, and immediately came face to face with a whale shark, we made eye contact. “Even if they all swim away from us now”, I thought, “I’ve still done it, I’ve had a whale shark encounter”.  

swimming with Whale shark
during Seatrek cruise

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to see whale sharks

SeaTrek with Whale Sharks, Corals & Dragons Family Cruise with Ray & Angela Hale (Komodo-Komodo)

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SeaTrek with Whale Sharks, Corals & Dragons (Komodo-Komodo)

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SeaTrek with Papua’s Whale Sharks and Birds of Paradise (Sorong-Kaimana)

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SeaTrek with Papua’s Whale Sharks and Birds of Paradise (Kaimana-Sorong)

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