An average African elephant weighs about 15,000 lbs. An average whale shark weight 47,000 lbs! Whale sharks can grow to be 60 feet in long! These large, slow-moving fish are the largest known living fish species! They are filter feeders, they feed off of plankton and have been dubbed the ‘gentle giants’ of the ocean.
They are usually loners, but may gather together if there is a lot of plankton to eat. Whale sharks can be found worldwide in warm water. They are considered a Vulnerable species, meaning it is likely to become endangered. They often get tangled in fishing nets, are intentional fished, and in some countries are even tourist attractions. In the Philippines, whale sharks are often lured close to shore for visitors to see.
Recent pictures showed a whale shark tied by his tail in the Philippines while people touched and posed for pictures!
The shark was trapped and frankly assaulted by the people for two and a half hours!
One photo shows a girl, with her shoes on, standing on the whale sharks back. The Philippines official tourist board has rules about whale sharks and says people should not touch them and stay about 9 feet away.