Celebrating whale sharks responsibly
Illustration: A whale shark approaching the surface. (Shutterstock/Andrea Izzotti)
Few may have been aware that Aug. 30 was International Whale Shark Day, a day dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the largest fish in the world. The shark can grow up to 18 meters long and weigh as much as 20.6 tons, about the size of a school bus.
A whale shark is a shark not a whale; it is a fish that breathes using gills and because it is a shark, its skeleton…