What’s more impressive than a 40 foot long, 40 ton fish?

by | Jun 14, 2011 | Advanced Aquarist | 0 comments

What's more impressive than a 40 foot long, 40 ton fish?

Aerial view of whale shark aggregation. Photograph courtesy Smithsonian Institution

We’re talking about potentially 35,000,000 pounds (16,000,000 kg) of whale shark in one location; Line them up head to tail for over 3 miles (5 kilometers) of fish!  Just imagine how many eggs was in these waters to attract and satisfy this many giant filter feeders.

Makes our glass boxes seem awfully small, doesn’t it?

Visit National Geographic for more photos and descriptions of this awe-inspiring event.

A Whale Shark feeding on plankton near Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  It’s difficult to appreciate just how enormous these fish really are.  Photo by Mauricio Handler, National Geographic


This mesmerizing video of whale sharks in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (Japan) has been around for a couple years now, and I’m sure sure many of you have already seen it.  But just in case you haven’t ….


  • Leonard Ho

    I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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