Episode 602: Biggest Fish in the Sea

Each summer, the world’s largest known aggregation of whale sharks occurs just off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. Hundreds of these gentle giants come to the area to feed on plankton, giving experts the opportunity to learn more about the largest fish in the sea. Despite their enormous size, still relatively little is known about the animals. Scientists from the Georgia Aquarium, together with their partners from Blue Realm, tag the animals to learn more about their movements. The experts also want to protect the animals from ship strikes while they are feeding at the ocean surface, so they have installed a special device that can monitor ship traffic in the area. They plan to correlate that information with data they have collected on the whereabouts of the animals, to make recommendations for safer shipping lanes in the future.

Experts

Meet the experts featured in this episode.


Special Thanks:




Radisson Hacienda Cancun
Avenida Nader 1, SM 2, Centro
77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
+52 998 881 6500



Southwest Airlines

P.O. Box 36647-1CR
Dallas, Texas 75235
1-800-I-FLY-SWA

Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

Al Dove

Georgia Aquarium

Michael Mauntler
Fluid Blue Productions

Mote Marine Laboratory

NOAA
taken under NOAA Permit No. 9321489
under the authority of the U.S. Endangered
Species Act & Marine Mammal Protection Act

Rafael de la Parra

Scott Jones

Shoou-Jeng Joung, Ph.D.

Elson Q. Aca
WWF-Philippines

Special Thanks:

Ashley Lansdale
Andrés Ruiz
Emma Alvarez
Fernando Pardo
Fernando Sánchez
Graciela Álvarez
Hayley Rutger
Jamison Smith
Jessica Fontana
Kerry Gladish
Martha Luisa Zapata Calderón
Meghann Gibbons
Paco Remolina



Web Extras

Ocean Voyager Exhibit - Georgia Aquarium

During the filming of our episode "Biggest Fish in the Sea," we had an opportunity to visit the Georgia Aquarium and venture into one of the largest salt water tanks in the world. The Ocean Voyager exhibit tank houses whale sharks, manta rays, sawfish, and many other warm water creatures. It's a 6.3 million gallon tank, with 4,574 sq feet of viewing windows and a 100' viewing tunnel.


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