Just for a change of pace…here’s a wallpaper that could come from almost anywhere in the mid-latitude oceans. Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are the biggest of all the sharks, the biggest fish species on the planet, and the biggest non-whale animal on the planet. They could squish all but the largest dinosaurs, too, had they coexisted.
Like other large sea life (basking sharks, megamouth sharks, blue/fin/gray/right whales), whale sharks are filter feeders, straining tiny bits of food out of vast quantities of ocean water. They maintain their huge bodies on a diet of plankton and krill, which boggles my mind whenever I think about it.
Besides their massive size and peaceful attitude, whales sharks are just gorgeous. Take a look at those spots, and that broad, flat mouth. How could anyone resist? If I ever found myself near a whale shark, I’d be hard pressed not to hug it.
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