Young whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, feeding on a copepod bloom near La Paz, Mexico

  title={Young whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, feeding on a copepod bloom near La Paz, Mexico},
  author={Eugenie Clark and Diane R. Nelson},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
Seven small (3.2 to 5.2 m total length) whale sharks were observed suction feeding on patches of surface plankton in the Bay of La Paz within 1 km of shore and 2 km N of the phosphate dock at San Juan de la Costa, on 1–2 November 1993. The sharks were photographed and videotaped from the boat and by snorkelers in the water. When actively feeding the shark turned its head from side to side, part of the head was lifted out of the water, and the mouth opened and closed 7 to 28 times per minute (x… CONTINUE READING
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