A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) opens its mouth to filter-feed.

Scientists have discovered that whale sharks are the largest carnivores in the world – Livescience.com

Whale sharks are the largest species of shark in the world, and scientists have now found that giant sharks are more fascinating eating machines than previously thought. In addition to eating massive amounts of krill – tiny shrimp-like crustaceans – whale sharks also ingest huge amounts of seaweed, enabling the aquatic giants to officially get rid of kodiak bears (Middendorf bears) as the largest carnivores in the world.

Researchers made the discovery by analyzing the whale shark (Rincodon type) Skin samples collected near the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. These giant sharks are the largest fish in the sea, weighing up to 40 tons (36 metric tons) and growing to about 40 feet (12 meters) on average, according to the National Ocean Service. Until now, scientists believed the gentle giants were primarily filter feeders, opening their cavernous mouths wide to swallow approximately 21,200 cubic feet (600 cubic metres) of water every hour. Then, by filtering the water through the gills, the sharks are left full of plankton, shrimp, small fish and crustaceans to swallow.

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