Importance of Whale Sharks to the Ecosystem

The whale shark is the biggest fish on the planet and can be in excess of 40 feet long. They are found in warm oceans all around the world. They are submissive animal species that feed on microscopic fish and other small ocean animals. Researchers aren’t precisely sure what might happen on the off chance that they ended up wiped out.

Distribution and Habitat

Whale sharks incline toward warm water between 68.9 degrees and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. They are found in the majority of the world’s tropical and warm mild oceans aside from the Mediterranean. They’re found in the Pacific Ocean from Chile to California, from Japan to Australia and off the shore of Hawaii. They are also found from New York to Brazil and from the Gulf of Guinea to Senegal, Africa. In the Indian Ocean locale, they are found from the Red Sea to the Arabian Gulf.


Despite the fact that they are the biggest fish on the planet, whale sharks feed on minor creatures and plants including tiny fish, little scavengers, fish, and squids. A whale shark channel feeds by opening its mouth, pushing out its jaws and sucking in water. The whale shark at that point closes its mouth and gives the water a chance to go through the gills. In the middle of opening its mouth and opening its gills, modest creatures are caught by the sifter like structure framed by the tooth-like scales in the mouth called denticles.

Food Web

Researchers have observed that when top-level predators are lost from a biological system, the number of that predator’s prey quickly swells. The populace at times gets so huge that the prey creatures before long gobble up their nourishment supply. It is exceptionally hard to conduct studies on whale sharks’ part in the biological system so researchers aren’t sure what might happen if sharks ended up wiped out. In any case, researchers hypothesize that if the great white ended up wiped out there may be an expansion in the number of seals, sea lions, and whales. In the event that the whale shark winds up wiped out, there may be an expansion in tiny fish. Be that as it may, microscopic fish are likewise eaten by a few types of whale.


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