Thursday, April 22, 2010
Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Whale Shark
The sweet chile salmon I had for dinner the other night [recipe here] got me thinking about the biggest fish in the sea, and that my friends is the whale shark. (Before you get all sassy, regular whales aren't fish, they're mammals--so there nyeah.) Despite it's organic, low-carb, largely vegetarian diet, this is one big mother of a fish. And the lovely, gentle whale shark offers further proof that not all big girls live on McDonalds Big Macs and ice cream sundaes. Here's the stats:
Diet: Plankton, seaweeds and small fish
Length: 18-32.2 feet
Approximate Volume: Similar to a school bus
Average Weight: 20.6 tons
Conclusion: The Whale Shark weighs more than me.