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Whale shark seen bottom feeding for the first time

Whale shark seen bottom feeding for the first time


A whale shark has been noticed feeding on the seabed for the primary time, somewhat than filter-feeding on plankton on the sea floor.

The weird behaviour was noticed throughout a whale shark tour in Baja California Sur, Mexico, by an ecotourism information who despatched the footage (above) to researchers for evaluation.

A 5-metre-long juvenile was noticed sucking on the sand at round 6 metres deep, showing to gulp down materials from the substrate.

“Nobody’s ever seen this behaviour earlier than,” says Darren Whitehead at Shark Analysis Mexico, who studied the footage.

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are the most important fish …

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