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Whale shark and snorkeler

Whale shark and snorkeler

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ALEXIS ROSENFELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALEXIS ROSENFELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) and marine biologist snorkeling. The snorkeler is able to record details about the shark easily, since whale sharks rarely travel faster than 5 kilometres per hour. The whale shark is the world's largest fish, reaching an average length of 8 metres. It is harmless to humans, living off plankton, invertebrates and other small organisms. It uses specially adapted gill arches to filter the water, removing anything edible. Its 1.5 metre diameter mouth can circulate up to 6000 litres of water an hour. It is a tropical fish and its upper age limit has been estimated at between 60 and 150 years. This shark was photographed in the Indian Ocean.

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