See the Whale Shark Migration

Philippines, Western Australia & Mexico

When: May to September

The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. Although whale sharks have very large mouths, as filter feeders they feed mainly, though not exclusively, on plankton, which are microscopic plants and animals.

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.

In 1998, the Philippines banned all fishing, selling, importing and exporting of whale sharks for commercial purposes, followed by India and Taiwan. They are currently listed as a vulnerable species; however, they continue to be hunted in parts of Asia.

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