Koh Tao Whale Sharks

Koh Tao Whale Sharks

Koh Tao whale Sharks is another reason to come diving here.  And the most popular with our divers, they are very docile and if you are lucky you can get a great photo.  Here we will talk about how they look and how you can identify individuals.  Where you can find them while diving on Koh Tao and what they do.  And we will talk about what diving courses Mojo Divers has to offer.

Whale Shark Description

The whale shark is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark and the largest known fish in the sea.  The largest confirmed individual had a length of 18.8m but pose no threat to humans.  Remember to follow the rules about how close you should be to them when diving with whale sharks Koh Tao as you can be hit accidentally by its tail if you get too close. They are one of only 3 species of shark that are filter feeders and have estimated lifespans of between 80–130 years.  Each fish has a unique pattern of spots on its body and that is how they can be identified, just the same as our fingerprints.

A whale shark near the surface at Chumphon Pinnacle, Koh Tao
Whale sharks can be seen when diving on Koh Tao

Where Can You See Them While Diving?

They can be seen at deeper dive sites like Chumphon and South West pinnacles, but they can be found at Twins and White Rock and Hin Wong Pinnacle on rare occasions.  Even the boat captains get excited when this happens.  So open water divers can see them easily because they are most often in shallow water as they feed so you don’t have to go deep either.  Whale sharks are seasonal visitors to Koh Tao so seeing one is never guaranteed here. We don’t take part in any unnatural feeding practices, unlike other places in the world.  You are very lucky if you will see one on your open water course.  Professionals have been diving and working here for months without seeing one.

Whale sharks can sometimes be seen when diving on Koh Tao
Whale shark at Koh Tao on the open water course

What Do Koh Tao Whale Sharks Do

They have very large mouths and are filter feeders so not harmful to scuba divers, many people get scared when they hear the word shark! Their mouths can contain over 300 rows of tiny teeth and 20 filter pads which it uses to feed almost exclusively on plankton and small fishes. The fish can be found in both coastal and oceanic habitats living in the open sea but not in the deep depths of the ocean.  Still very little is known about their reproduction cycle as they have only been observed mating twice or how long they live and they have yet to be seen giving birth.
As our knowledge of Koh Tao whale sharks increases so will our understanding of how they live and reproduce so we can better protect them for the future.

You might be lucky on your diving course on Koh Tao and see a whale shark
A whale shark Koh Tao near the surface at Chumphon Pinnacle

Want To Know More About Diving On Koh Tao?

So if you are interested in learning to identify fish or more about Koh Tao whale sharks you can study the Fish Identification course online.
So if you would like to know more about Koh Tao diving contact us and you can find out more about the diving we offer by clicking on the links below or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

Koh Tao Diving Courses

Try Scuba Diving
Open Water Course
Advanced Course
Fun Dives

Want To Know More About Koh Tao’s Marine Life?

Pufferfish
Lionfish
Nudibranch
Weibeli Butterfly Fish
A Bluespotted Stingray
Batfish
Yellow Boxfish

You can see these while diving around Koh Tao
A yellow boxfish at White Rock

Find out more about SSI diver training agency here: Dive SSI

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