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Whale Shark FAQ

by Shark Research Institute

Page 3 : Range and Migration

Where is the whale shark found?
The whale shark can be found world-wide in tropical and temperate climates and in both coastal and non-coastal waters. They have been observed in many parts of the Indian Ocean, most notably at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, where there is now a large ecotourism industry devloped around them. Whale sharks have also been reported from India to the Maldives and the Seychelles, and along most of the coastline of eastern Africa.

Are whale sharks migratory?
Whale sharks are very migratory. Research projects have shown that some whale sharks have covered as much as 3700 kilometers in their travels. Much of this travel is likely due to following plankton blooms. Whale sharks have been seen to reach speeds of about two knots. They may occasionally gather in a group at particular locations, and will sometimes segregate themselves into smaller groups based on physical size.

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