30th of August

International Whale Shark Day

International Whale Shark Day

Visit the coast or aquarium to see a remarkable whale shark, or read about how you can save these amazing creatures from extinction.

International Whale Shark Day was created to celebrate and raise awareness about these amazing marine creatures. Whale sharks are one of the most vulnerable species in the ocean, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are the largest species of shark, reaching lengths of up to 14 meters and weighing an average of 12 tons. Despite their size, their teeth are very small, measuring only six millimeters in length. One of the most fascinating facts about whale sharks is that each one has a unique pattern on its skin, similar to a human fingerprint. This allows researchers to visually analyze and identify individual whale sharks. However, whale sharks are also highly vulnerable due to their slow movement and preference for shallow waters. They are at risk of being caught in fishing nets and colliding with boats. The International Whale Shark Day, established in 2012, aims to raise awareness about the hunting of these animals for their highly valued fins and meat. Unfortunately, the whale shark was reclassified by the IUCN in 2016 from a vulnerable species to an endangered one. The population of whale sharks is estimated to be only tens of thousands worldwide, and they face threats from hunting, boat collisions, entanglement in fishing gear, and plastic pollution. To celebrate International Whale Shark Day, people can show solidarity by going to the coast and trying to spot a whale shark or by raising awareness online through social media or blogging. Donations to organizations dedicated to protecting these animals are also appreciated, as well as reducing plastic use and properly recycling it. By taking these actions, we can all contribute to the protection of this endangered species and the overall marine ecosystem.


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