$ 450
Home of Whale shark, untouched & underwater paradise.  DAY TRIP TO Mafia Island! The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is the world’s largest fish reaching more than 20 meters (65 ft.) in length. They are cartilaginous fish, not mammals, and their name refers to their size and diet of plankton. Despite their spectacular size they are very docile and do not harm humans. The only predators of whale sharks are orcas, white sharks and humans. They are actively fished to be sold in Asia but not in Tanzania. Whale sharks reach sexual maturity at about 7 to 8m in length (after 20 to 30 years) and are ovoviviparous, which means that they lay eggs but retain these in their uteri until the eggs hatch and the fetuses mature and live pups are “born”. A mature female may have more than 300 eggs and fetuses, at various stages of development, in her two uteri at any one time. It is postulated that the females may mate very few times and may be able to store sperm. read more read less