Do baby whale sharks stay with their mom?
Baby whale sharks do not stay with their mothers, nor do any other baby sharks. Mother sharks do not take care of their babies.
Do whale shark babies have a special name?
Litter size is uncertain, but a litter of 300 whale shark babies (called pups) has been documented.
Do baby sharks swim under their mothers?
Sharks are agile swimmers, even before they are born. Underwater ultrasound scans have revealed that shark fetuses can swim from one of their mother’s twin uteruses to the other.
What do sharks do after giving birth?
After the pups are born, they’re left with a scar between their pectoral fins—effectively a belly button. This is visible for up to a few months before healing completely. The embryos of other viviparous species remain in a thin egg envelope while they grow inside their mother. They hatch when the yolk supply runs out.
How old do whale sharks live?
It is estimated that whale sharks may live to over 100 years of age, reaching maturity at around 30 years. They are thought to have a fast growth rate when very young, which then slows down, taking them a long time to reach maturity and adding to the vulnerability of this iconic species.