Whale shark and pilot fish

Whale shark and pilot fish

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) about to eat a pilot fish (Naucrates ductor). The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, growing up to 18 metres in length. This harmless, solitary animal is found in tropical and warm waters throughout the world, except the Mediterranean. It is a filter feeder, straining plankton and small organisms from the water. It generates its own suction rather than relying on its forward motion and schooling fish may be eaten at times. The pilot fish is a scavenger well know for its habit of accompanying ships and large fish, especially sharks, in warm waters. Photographed in the Red Sea, Egypt.

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