Whale Sharks In Mexico Sets Record Number In Sharks’ Gathering (Photo)

By on May 27, 2011 in Amazing, Animals, Science, South America Comments
Whale Shark in Mexico

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Whale sharks, in Mexico‘s Yucatan Peninsula, has set a record number of gathering at 420 two years ago, as confirmed by scientists in several international news sites on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

The whale sharks gathering, also called “afuera” in Spanish, is reportedly the largest and was already reported by LiveScience in March. However, it took some time before scientists’ were able to record the number, food preference and location of the whale sharks.

Reports said that in August 2009, whale sharks were seen collectively in an elliptical area of the ocean measuring about 7 square miles (18 square kilometers).

According to the reports by researchers in PLoS ONE, the whale sharks feed themselves with fish eggs. Mike Maslanka, a Smithsonian Conservatory Biology Institute biologist, said that, “Whale sharks are the largest species of fish in the world, yet they mostly feed on the smallest organisms in the ocean, such as zooplankton.”

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has enlisted whale sharks as “vulnerable” and prohibits its capture around the world.

Whale Sharks In Mexico
Whale Sharks Gathering in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico on August, 2009
Image Credit: Proyecto Domino

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