Swim with whale sharks

• Swim with whale sharks

She - the largest of the currently existing species of sharks, as well as the largest of modern fish. Its length is 20 meters. It is the whale shark, which today we'll have a swim.

Swim with whale sharks

We are in the region of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. (Photo Simonjpierce.com):

Swim with whale sharks

This fish is most of the time is kept near the surface of the water. Floats very slowly, usually no faster than 5 km / h, and poses no danger to humans. The whale shark is often absolutely does not respond to the divers, who can touch her body and even a ride on her back.

However, and predatory sharks, despite the prejudice people have little interest. Attack as "tasteless appetizer" they can only confusing the person with any seal. Taste, sharks usually sail, but their size and power can sometimes cause serious injury. It is estimated that the chance of a person being subjected to shark attack (for those who walk on the beach) is 1 in 11.5 million, and the chance of dying from such an attack - 1 to 264.1 ml (Photo Simonjpierce.com):

Swim with whale sharks

But back to our country, the largest shark in the world. It dwells in the warm waters of the tropical latitudes over the oceans, its peaceful nature and slow pace (usually it is not faster than floats 5 km / h) allow scientists to do the necessary research, including to take blood tests. (Photo Simonjpierce.com):

Swim with whale sharks

The taxonomy of whale sharks has only recently been developed. This fish is so unique that stands out in the monotypic family with a single genus, including the only kind. (Photo Simonjpierce.com):

Swim with whale sharks

The whale shark is undoubtedly the largest of modern fish. For a long time it was believed that the largest of authentically registered copies had a length of 12 to 65 m, sometimes referred to as size 13, 7 m. For decades messages whale sharks a length of 20 m remained unchecked. However, at the end of the 1990s there was scientific information on whale shark length of 20 m and vesivshey 34 tons (the weight of an average sperm whale). (Photo Simonjpierce.com):

Swim with whale sharks

There are clearly visible scale of this giant on the background of people. (Photo Simonjpierce.com):

Swim with whale sharks

And we move on.