Go Inside The Mouth Of A Whale Shark

USATODAY_AnimalkindPublished: December 27, 2017715 views
Published: December 27, 2017

According to Wikipedia, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 41.5 ft and a weight of about 47,000 lb The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living nonmammalian vertebrate. The species originated about 60 million years ago, which is a very cool thing because they are still around.

The whale shark in this video is preparing for feeding, and it's a whopping 32 feet long. So what does this aquatic monster eat with his nearly 5-foot-wide jaw? Teeny tiny plankton. These underwater videographers captured the whale shark while it was opening its huge mouth to feed, and the up close images give a rare view inside it's mouth!

You can see them floating above the creature, slowly approaching it to make the stunning footage. The whale shark appears docile and isn't even bothered by the presence of humans around it. Maybe it just liked being on camera with hopes that one day it'll be a viral internet sensation.

It's a very rare glimpse into the whale shark's feeding ritual, and it's both educational and exhilarating to watch! It's hard to imagine that a creature of that size eats almost microscopic organisms, don't you agree?

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