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Male Whale Shark at Georgia Aquarium
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Whale shark at Osaka Aquarium
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Whale shark with cleaning fish
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Whale Shark off Tofo Beach, Mozambique
A microscope's view of copepods
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Whale sharks are filter feeders and can neither bite nor chew. They can process more than 6,000 liters of water an hour through their gills.
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A large Whale Shark swimming in shallow water over a tropical coral reef. Each whale shark has its own unique pattern of spots, much like human fingerprints.
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A whale shark swimming near an underwater reef. Each whale shark has its own unique pattern of spots, much like human fingerprints.
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Each whale shark has its own unique pattern of spots, much like human fingerprints. A whale shark's mouth is about 5 feet wide (1.5 m). They have rows of over 300 teeth, but as filter feeders, they do not use these teeth to eat.