Shark, Not Whale
First up, let’s clear up the name confusion! The whale shark is a shark, not a whale. To begin with, the whale shark is a fish. Like all fish, it’s cold blooded – without a constant internal body temperature, and breathes with gills. Whales on the other hand, are mammals, meaning they are warm blooded, and breath air through their lungs and blow holes.
So what’s with the name? Well, whale sharks do have a lot in common with whales. They are massive like whales and they feed more like whales than a typical shark.
And now that we’re clear that they’re fish, let’s talk about what type of fish they are! Whale sharks are sharks – or more specifically, they are a type of carpet shark.