That’s one way to cadge a quick meal!

I was amazed to come across this video clip of whale sharks feeding from fishermens’ nets in Cenderawasih Bay on the coast of West Papua.  According to the Sydney Morning Herald:

The whales are resident in the region and the local fishermen have established a relationship with them … The locals view the whale shark as a good luck omen.

Whale sharks eat a diverse array of zooplankton, including small crustaceans, jelly fish and coral spawn – and easy feeds of fish when they can get them.

There’s more at the link.

Here’s the video clip.  I recommend watching it in full-screen mode.

Amazing!  It’s almost as if the net is an udder from which the whale sharks feed like calves!

Peter

3 comments

  1. I do feel I have to correct the herald on something: "The whales are resident in the region and the local fishermen have established a relationship with them".

    They're not whales, they're sharks, they got the moniker whale-shark because of their size and feeding style.

  2. Good, because their skin is really sensetive, and just touching them can harm it.

    They are the gentle giants. I'd trust a whale shark over an actual whale any day. They are among the safest animals you can swim/snorkle/dive with, completely non-aggressive. If you attack them, they flee. The only possibly harmful thing is swimming too close to the tail and getting an accidental slow slap from it.

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