Nature lovers will be excited to learn that whale sharks have been recorded off the coast of Peru, ranging in size from 2 to 5 meters, according to the Center of Integral Conservation of the Marine ecosystems of the East Pacific (Ecoceanica).
Just last Saturday one of these large, non-carnivorous creatures was recorded off the coast of Tumbes in northern Peru by biology student Daniel Cáceres Bartra who is conducting research in the area. In the video Bartra is seen swimming alongside the large, slow-moving whale shark.
Cáceres comments that, “This species of shark is the largest in the world and it’s not carnivorous.” He further explains that, “The hot waters that are coming because of El Niño are making the whale sharks from the hot waters arrive to the northern zone of Peru in search of food.”
This news is important because whale sharks are unfortunately considered at risk of extinction according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (UICN).