Will you take a look at that! The early life history of whale sharks, Rhyncodon typus, is almost virtually unknown and up to now the smallest recorded live whale shark was closer to 10 feet. This 15″ neo-nate found on the coast of Manila Phillipines was probably born in the shallow water within days of it’s discovery. As if finding a baby whale shark, strangely enough the smallest specimen of the largest fish in the sea was found with a rope around it’s tail tied to a stick in the sand. Yeah you heard that right. This majestic creature was tied up like a dog in a yard. Thankfully some local villagers found the fish and immediately alerted the authorities. The tiny whale shark specimen was measured and photographed and it was then released in deeper waters where it is less likely to run any fishing nets. For more on this story visit WWF-Phillipines.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.