Also known as Basking Shark, Carpet Shark, Tofu Shark, Typus Shark.
Found singly or in schools cruising around coral atolls, lagoons, and off-shore often with schools of pelagic fish in tow.
They feed on crustaceans, small fish, squid and zooplankton.
Length - 2000cm
Depth - 0-1900m
This beautiful shy shark is the largest living fish species, with very distinctive markings.
These are slow filter feeding sharks whose mouth can be 1.5m wide and can contain as many as 350 tiny rows of teeth.
The Whale Shark on the right has been identified as M-031 by the ECOCEAN Whale Shark Photo-identification Library.
The first time one of our son's saw this coming towards him when he was snorkelling alone by the dive boat he thought he was "DEAD MEAT"
When we surfaced and then dived down to look he knew he was safe!! Ref: http://fishbase.org/summary/2081