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.