Whale sharks are pelagic fish and live in the open ocean and eat some of the smallest creatures in the sea. They are active filter feeders and feed in a vertical position with their mouths near the top of the water. Their primary prey are krill, plankton, larvae, and shrimp found in warm tropical oceans around the world.
There are two subpopulations of whale sharks, the largest (with 75% of the total population) in the Indo-Pacific region and another in the Atlantic. Every spring, whale sharks migrate to several coastal sites, with a large congregation occurring near Western Australia at the Ningaloo Reef area for feeding.
These slow-moving, magnificent animals are quite imposing, but they are indeed very docile creatures and can even be considered playful.