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“Raising Awareness”

August 26, 2022

By Kimmy Foulds

The International Whale Shark Day was first commemorated in 2008 at the International Whale Shark Conference on the island of Isla Holbox, Mexico. The conference hosted 40 ocean experts, activists and scientists who had a concern for the whale shark’s declining population.

Hence, the International Whale Shark Day was established to raise awareness around the importance of whale sharks to marine ecosystems, their dwindling population numbers and to encourage efforts to conserve the species.

On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, let us try to remember a few facts about these enormous sea creatures weighing up to 40,000 pounds, reaching over 40 feet in length and a mouth stretching up to four feet wide with tiny teeth.

Whale sharks are among the longest living ocean animals, sometimes surviving over 100 years old and can travel thousands of miles to find food or breed. Each whale shark has a unique pattern of markings like human fingerprints and researchers use these shaped lines to distinguish the hefty fishes.

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