Lately I’ve been wondering what is the biggest fish in the ocean. And you know what? If you ask around, just about everybody will tell you it’s this creature called the whale shark. LINKS………………………………………... WANT TO SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS LIKE I DID WITH THE SCIENTISTS WHO STUDY THEM? VISIT ACUA-FIRMA WEBSITE LINKS TO DR. SIMON PIERCE LINKS TO RAFAEL DE LA PARRA ………………………………………………………………………………. But what the heck is a whale shark? Is it a whale or is a shark? And exactly how big is it? Is it a man eater? I really don’t know… So I’ve decided to come here to Mexico, where every summer they have one of the biggest whale shark gatherings in the world! Today I’m boarding an actual research boat headed out to do a survey of the whale sharks. My hosts are two world renowned marine biologists. Dr. Simon Pierce and Rafael De La Parra. They have both dedicated years to learning about these ocean giants. There are some other tourists like me on the boat. And like me they help pay for the cost of the research. In exchange, we get to tag along with the scientists as they survey and document the whale sharks… All I can say is 'holy moly.' These things are like a bus going by you underwater… It’s pretty scary at first, but they don’t seem interested in us for lunch or anything like that. The whale sharks look like they are going really slow… but it’s hard work to keep up. The way it moved reminded me of my original question about these things whether whale sharks are whales or sharks. Simon makes it clear. They are sharks, making them the biggest fish in the world. The largest whale shark ever was measured at 20 Meters / 60 Feet and weighed 32 Tons / 30,844 Kilos. Simon and Rafael take lots of pictures of the whale sharks to help them identify the individual whale sharks. They also tag them with satellite communications equipment to track their movements. Whale sharks have very thick skin and that helps the scientists take skin samples without causing any pain and injury. From these skin samples they can tell what the whale shark eats and if they are being affected by pollution. They can also examine the DNA of the fish. Whale sharks are so big they don’t have any serious predators, but they are considered a vulnerable species. According to Rafael and Simon, the two things that threaten them the most is fishing and big cargo ships… Chinese fishermen are estimated to kill over 600 whale sharks per year. India had to stop fishing for Whale Sharks after wiping them out in the Northern India Ocean, The problem with cargo ships are that they use a major shipping lane in Mexico that goes right through where the sharks feed. This results in collisions that kill or seriously injure many of the sharks. An effort spearheaded by Rafael has convinced the Mexican Government to approve the placement of a maritime bouy where the whale sharks congregate. In the future ships will be legally required to go around the sharks. There is also a plan to use their data to get this area declared a world heritage site which will offer the whale sharks greater protection.


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  5. Basking shark
  6. Gee those eyes are tiny
  7. its a whale shark
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  9. Isn't Blue Whale suppose to be the biggest fish in the world.
    We can say that Whale Shark might be the longest living fish in the world....
  10. A Basking shark is the 2 biggest fish in the world
  11. I thought the biggest fish was the Blue Whale
  12. Basking shark 2ed
  13. threre were an even bigger fish than the megalodon before the dinosaurs
  14. basking sharks come after whale sharks
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  16. The second biggest fish is the basking shark
  17. a whale is not a fish it is a mammal
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  19. the second largest is
    a basking shark

    Bismillah hir Rehman nir raheem

    The life of our Prophets is not only an example for us, but its a lesson in an autobiographical way. Every Prophet who have ever treaded the earth left behind unanimous stories and lessons valuable than a mountain of gold. WE not only learn how to live our lives following their steps but we also learn to beleive in our One and Only Allah through their stories.

    It is narrated that when Hazrat Suleman was granted kingship over all the world, he decided to feed all the creatures residing on earth, so as to honor his kingdom. So he prayed to Allah and asked Him to allow to take care of the food system for a whole year for everyone, but Allah denied the request replieng thats its impossible for him to do so, hazrat Suleman requested for one month still he was denied, he requested for a week still he was denied, then he requested for a day , and Allah denied replieng that its impossible for him to do so for one day even. he requested for one time, so Allah gave him permission to feed His creatures for a part of a day.
    Hazrat Suleman ordered Jinn ( Ghosts ) and humans to collect all the food avaiable on earth be it for a carnivore or a herbivore. So food was collected for 3 or 6 months. He then ordered them to be cooked in big cookers and pans, and ordered the wind to keep blowing over it so that it wont rot when the feast will begin.
    when all was ready, Allah asked Hazrat Suleman who would he like to recieve as guest first? the land creatures? or creatures from water? Hazrat Suleman opted for the fishes. so Allah sent forth one of the biggest fish living in the sea.
    When the fish came forth it asked Hazrat Suleman "Is it true that you have sent an open invitation to all of us today?"
    Hazrat Suleman replied "Yes, and you are the first one, so start eating whatever you like"
    the fish started to eat from one end and it went on eating until it ate all the food that had ben collected over months, when everything was emptied it turned towards Hazrat Suleman and said "O Suleman I am still hungry feed me!"
    Hazrat Suleman was famished he replied "You ate all the food that I had collected for others and still you insist to be fed?"
    the fish was replled by his answer, it replied "O Suleman is this is how you treat your guest? Ineed ! you should know that Allah feeds me this much three times a day every day of my life and indeed you have become a reason for stopping my food today"
    When Hazrat Suleman heard this he bowed down to Allah praising His Kingship.

    So my brothers and sisters have you ever stopped in your life and pondered how this world is moving? how every day everything works so systematically, the sun rises at its precise time the nights falls at its precise time? how come not even a fraction of a fault occurs in this system? how is it possible? who is controlling it!! my friends learn form the stoires of the Prophets ... they were sent to teach you valuable lessons... to teach you who Allah is ! Praise Allah for He is the Only one worth of Praise!!!

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