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William Thomas

"Coral Reefs and Ocean Life"

Inglis, FL, USA
married, 2 children
Speaks: english
Joined Jan 25, 2008

The Living Oceans
Whale Shark Profile As the largest fish in the sea, weighing up to 60 tons (54.4 metric tons), whale sharks have an enormous menu from which to choose. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers—and us!—their favorite meal is plankton. They scoop these tiny plants and animals up, along with any small fish that happen to be around, with their colossal gaping mouths while swimming close to the water's surface.The whale shark, like the world's second largest fish, the basking shark, is a filter feeder. In order to feed, it juts out its formidably sized jaws and sucks in everything in the vicinity. It then shuts its mouth, forcing water to filter out of its gills. Everything that remains becomes the giant shark's dinner.The whale shark's flattened head sports a blunt snout above its mouth with short barbels protruding from its nostrils. Its back and sides are gray to brown with white spots among pale vertical and horizontal stripes, and its belly is white. Its two dorsal fins are set rearward on its body, which ends in a large dual-lobbed caudal fin (or tail).Preferring warm waters, whale sharks populate all tropical seas. They are known to migrate every spring to the continental shelf of the central west coast of Australia. The coral spawning of the area's Ningaloo Reef provides the whale shark with an abundant supply of plankton.Although massive, whale sharks are docile fish and sometimes allow swimmers to hitch a ride. They are currently listed as a vulnerable species; however, they continue to be hunted in parts of Asia, such as Taiwan and the Philippines. Fast Facts Type: Fish Diet: Carnivore Size: 18 to 32.8 ft (5.5 to 10 m) Weight: Up to 60 tons (54.4 tonnes) Group name: School Did you know? The largest whale shark ever measured was 40 feet (12.2 meters) long; however, the species is thought to grow even bigger. Learn more at Deep Sea News
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Groups Amnesty International, Defenders of Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Electing Pro-Wildlife Leaders,, NWF - National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Rainforest Action, WWF - World Wildlife Fund, World Without Frontiers
Hometown WA 
Birthday March 15  
Languages english  
About Me Dedicated to Ocean Conservation and Education through Blogging. Exploring and documenting the beauty and wonder of our Planet.
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Eating Habits Seafood ! Lots of it !, no red meat  
Wild Fact About Me I commercial fished and crabbed in Alaska for 11 years, grouper fish in Florida last 8 years.
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Passions Oceans and all the life in them  
Inspirations my wife  
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Favorite Foods seafood  
Favorite Places Washington State  
Can't Live Without the Ocean  
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    Mar 2, 2008 10:23 AM

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    Feb 2, 2008 8:49 AM

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    Thank You Friend!

    Jan 31, 2008 6:49 PM

    Kim F. (114)

    Sweet Dreams tonight!
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    Jan 27, 2008 8:47 AM

    William T. (4)
    Nudibranch Photo © Daniel and Robbie Wisdom Picture Gallery:

    Coral Reef Fish, Animals and Plants View stunning pictures of coral reefs from The Nature Conservancy's gorgeous photography collection. Just click on any of the photo thumbnails that are displayed below to see a larger version with greater detail.

    Jan 26, 2008 8:45 PM

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