The biggest fish in the world
• The largest fish in the world
The biggest fish in the world - not the blue whale, as you may think, that a kit refers to a mammal, not a fish... In this article we will talk about the biggest representative is fish - the whale shark.
The whale shark - the largest fish of the currently known. The average length of the "ryboshki" varies between 10 and 12 meters, though there are huge 18-20 meter instances.
The biggest fish in the world weighs an average of 12-14 tons, although discovered in the late 1990s, a 20-meter giant weighing 34 tons, which gives an indication of the wide variety of whale sharks sizes.
Unlike ordinary shark, which we are used to represent yourself, connecting with the aggressiveness and danger of death, it has an extremely peaceful behavior, not representing any danger to human. Usually she did not pay attention to the divers, it allows to touch themselves and can even ride on the currently very courageous divers, although we should not forget that blow the tail of this giant is able to kill or at least badly hurt.
Diver in comparison with a whale shark
In any case, especially "with the wind" ride is not vyydot, t. To. The floating whale shark very slowly, no faster than 5 km / h, usually in the upper layers of the water, so often fall victim runs into it ships.
The whale shark is easily recognized by the characteristic dark gray or brown color with yellow or white spots, though no less easy to know its colossal size.
As basic diet whale shark protrudes plankton and small marine life, which it absorbs in a manner similar to the whale - idly floating wide open mouth, then closing it by releasing water through the five pairs of half meter gills and swallowing what remains. Keep harvesting shark help smooth continuous series of 35 thousand small sharp teeth.
The biggest fish is found mainly in the Pacific and the Caribbean, often swimming away in the other corners of the oceans warm. The population of whale sharks and so was small, but under the real threat of its extinction have put fishermen in South and Southeast Asia, catching sharks on an industrial scale, and not worrying about the moral aspects of the fishery. In recent years, even in conditions of total fishing ban in connection with the threat of extinction, whale shark poachers continue to hunt down, so the type of recovery is going very slowly.