whale shark

whale shark

Whale shark

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How amazing is this video of a whale shark feeding? Filmed last week by our friends at the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme, it shows a whale shark 'suction feeding' near Conrad Maldives. One of two ways that a whale shark feeds, suction feeding is mainly done when the shark finds a very rich 'vein' of plankton in the water column, and when feeding like this they usually hang vertically in the water column, with head toward the surface. As opposed to 'ram filter feeding', where the shark simply swims along with its mouth right open, 'suction feeding' involves the shark using the strong muscles in its jaws to rapidly open its mouth, which causes a a vacum inside. This drags any small fish or plankton into the mouth so that when the shark forcibly closes its jaws again, they are filtered from the water being forced out of the gills. It is always wonderful to see this feeding technique as it means the shark is relaxed and unlikely to swim off, so the encounters can last over an hour. Guests at Conrad Maldives can find bliss in the resort's three spas, dine in 11 restaurants and bars, enjoy an extensive range of excursions, diving and watersports options -- including a submarine -- snorkel the resort's vibrant coral reef which is just steps from the beach or take part in unique activities such as manta watching at night, turtle conservation, dolphin-spotting excursions and snorkeling with whale sharks. To find out more about Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, please visit http://www.conradmaldives.com