Today is International Whale Shark day.
A day to give thought to and appreciate the magnificence of the largest living fish known and also perhaps a time to reflect on the way we see and treat the oceans of the world.
Although growing to nearly 19m or 62ft and weighing up to 40 tons they live entirely on Plankton and small fish.
They are found in all tropical ocean areas and are estimated to have a life span of around 80-130 years.
Whale Sharks have fingerprint like markings unique to each creature on their skin that identifies each individual.
Whale Sharks give birth to live young but there is much science still doesn't know about Whale Sharks.
They are on the endangered species list.
Some interesting facts and information on Whale Sharks are included in the links below:
By Brendon Crook