28 May '11, 7pm

largest #fish shows Mexican waters importance #whale #shark #ecotour via @locogringocom Here's a pic

largest #fish shows Mexican waters importance #whale #shark #ecotour via @locogringocom Here's a pic

Scientists have recorded the world's largest gathering of whale sharks – the largest fish in the seas – who have got together around Mexico's Yucutan Peninsula for a very good reason: to eat. The popular image of the whale shark is of a lone wanderer, scientists from the Smithsonian Institute have found that when conditions are right these monsters of the deep are more than happy to spend time together in very large groups. (Caption: This is an aerial photograph of whale sharks feeding at the Afuera aggregation in August 2009. Credit: Oscar Reyes) By observing from the surface of the sea and the air scientists have counted up to 420 whale sharks feasting on their favoured diet of tiny sea creatures. ''Whale sharks are the largest species of fish in the world, yet they mostly feed on the smallest organisms in the ocean , such as zooplankton,'' said Mike Maslanka, biologist ...

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