Whale shark

Whale shark

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Caption: Whale shark (Rhincodon typus). This shark is the largest fish in the world, growing up to 18 metres long. It inhabits tropical waters throughout the world. A filter-feeder, it strains plankton and small organisms from the water, generating its own suction rather than relying on its forward motion. Photographed in the Indian Ocean, near Ningaloo Reef, off Western Australia.

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Keywords: animal, cartilaginous fish, head, indian, marine, mouth, nature, ningaloo reef, ocean, rhincodon typus, sea, tropical, tropics, underwater, western australia, whale shark, wildlife, zoology

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