Filter feeding anatomy of the whale shark


  • Filter feeding anatomy of the whale shark Rhincodon typus
    Filter feeding anatomy of the whale shark © Emily S. Damstra

Filter feeding anatomy of the whale shark
Rhincodon typus
This illustration shows how plankton in the water is captured by special pads in the shark’s throat as water filters past the pads and exits through the gills slits. It appears in the April 2006 issue of Natural History Magazine.