Are whale sharks endemic to the Philippines?

What country has the most whale sharks?

While Mexico is still the number one global hotspot for individuals (more than 2,400) and Australia has a large population on the database, the Philippines have one of the longest datasets on whale sharks in the world that dates back to WWF-Philippines implementing photo-ID research in Donsol in 2006.

Is whale shark endemic?

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 18.8 m (61.7 ft).

Whale shark.

Whale shark Temporal range:
Species: R. typus
Binomial name
Rhincodon typus A. Smith, 1828
Range of whale shark

What kind of whale in the Philippines?

The first confirmed sighting of blue whales in the Philippines was in 1758, and such occurrences had been scarce ever since. Blue whales were last sighted in the waters of the Philippines in the 19th century. The blue whale is the largest creature that has ever existed.

How many whales are there in the Philippines?

In the Philippines there are 27 species of whales and dolphins belonging to 5 different families: Balaenopteridae, Delphinidae, Kogiidae, Physeteridae, and Ziphiidae. These species occur in almost all waters of the country, ranging from deep offshore seas, coastal waters to estuarine areas.

Are whale sharks endangered 2021?

From Vulnerable to Endangered – The Whale Shark

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New International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assessments reveal that growing human pressures on whale sharks are putting them at an increasing risk of extinction. Whale sharks are now listed as Endangered.