Whale sharks off Alabama, USA


This is a National Geographic whale shark video.

By Ben Raines in Alabama, USA:

Whale sharks: Previously rare in local waters, world’s largest fish recently spotted with frequency off Alabama coast …

In other years, scientists said, multiple sightings of whale sharks off Alabama would have been so rare as to be almost unbelievable.

But for the last two weeks, the Alabama coast has been one of the best places in the world to see the ocean’s largest fish, with dozens of sightings reported to a whale shark Web site by fishermen, scuba divers and pilots.

The gigantic plankton-eating sharks have been seen as far east as Panama City and as far west as Petit Bois Island off Mississippi. But the bulk of the reports have come from the area between Orange Beach and Pensacola, with one sighting just two miles off the beach.

View a gallery of Press-Register photographs of a whale shark swimming offshore from Orange Beach.

More whale shark photos: here.

Whale shark in Abu Dhabi harbour: here.

August 2009. A long-term field and DNA study by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, University of Miami, Field Museum of Chicago and others has shown that young lemon sharks born at the Bimini islands, Bahamas, tend to stay near their coastal birthplace for many years: here.

Shark Teeth Provide Key To North Sea’s Climatic Past: here.

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