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Whale Sharks

WHALE SHARKS ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

The world’s largest fish, the whale shark, is rarely spotted in the waters off the north Queensland coast.

Whale sharks are mysterious migratory creature, and are under threat worldwide so it was quite a thrill when Seton Prettejohn encountered one of these majestic creatures while out on the Great Barrier Reef.

Their boat was underway between Opal Reef and St Crispins Reef off the coast north of Port Douglas when this whale shark was spotted during the 2016 summer.

The whale shark is a migratory animal so their movements are over long distances and long timeframes.” They can grow up to 14 metres long and are the largest known fish species

Whale sharks do not attack humans and eat minute organisms like krill, crab and fish larvae, small schooling fish and jellyfish. While they give birth to live young, they are not a mammal like a whale.

Andrew Simmonds from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said very little was known about their activity in the reef, but with these sightings they are obviously feeding within the marine park, thus marine scientists in North Queensland are excited about the discovery as whale shark sightings are very rare here.


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