The image of a shark usually involves a sleek, fast predator with razor sharp teeth hunting down prey of all types. This shark breaks that mold in nearly every way. A slow moving giant that is harmless to humans as well as most fish in the sea – the mighty Whale Shark.
The largest fish in the world is only one of three sharks that eat plankton – the Basking Shark and the Megamouth Shark are the others.
These filter-feeders are often seen cruising along the water's surface gulping huge amounts of water, in fact they can take in as much water as an Olympic-sized swimming pool in about an hour and a half.
With lengths up to 50 feet long and a mouth that is nearly six feet wide, it is no wonder they bare the name – Whale Shark.