Photo of the Week: International Whale Shark Day

08-25-2014 // NWF Staff

Whale Shark

In 2008, whale shark experts from more than 40 nations attended the second Whale Shark International Conference in Isla Holbox, Mexico, proclaiming August 30th as a day dedicated to celebrating whale sharks, promoting their conservation and educating the public about them. And so began International Whale Shark Day. The largest living fish known, whale sharks are slow-moving filter-feeders found only in tropical and warm-temperate oceans. The IUCN currently classifies whale sharks as a vulnerable species. To capture this image, photographer and Florida resident Douglas Seifert used a Canon 1D Mark III camera in an underwater housing.

See last week's photo:  International Orangutan Day

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