MailChimp Signup Form

Facebook Button

Marine Megafauna Foundation

Navigation

Whale Shark & Entourage: All The Pretty Fishies

Written by Marine Megafauna Foundation

Field Notes Mafia Island Photo Essays Research in Action Whale Sharks

By Simon Pierce

 

 

One of the fairly unique things about Mafia Island, Tanzania is the sheer number of fish that are frequently associated with the whale sharks.

 

There’s a whale shark in there… somewhere…

 

The sharks, and the small fish, are all chasing the same prey: small (~1 cm) sergestid shrimps. When the shrimp move inshore over summer, the sharks and the fish follow them in. Predatory fishes, such as cobia and mackerel, join the migration.

 

 

I guess it makes sense for the smaller fish to ‘team up’ with the sharks for protection. I doubt the sharks get much out of the deal – after all, these small fishes are direct competitors – but it does look really cool.

 

 

Here’s some shots of a single shark we saw this week. I changed the photos to black and white because vis was a bit crap I am an artist.

 

 

This post was originally written for www.simonjpierce.com.

Comments are closed.

Our Latest Blog Postings

By Simon Pierce   Madagascar isn’t just about lemurs...

Madagascar: Whale...

About 1 week ago

Having worked with MMF’s manta ray team since 2014 as...

Meet the Team: El...

About 3 weeks ago

By Simon Pierce     One of the fairly unique thing...

Whale Shark &...

About 1 month ago

From: (Your email address)


To: Your friends


Subject: No subject





Your message will go here.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

Thank you for choosing to donate to Marine Megafauna Foundation

Here are the options for you to choose from. Please make sure you enter a name for the animal you adopt.

* indicates required