Whale Shark

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Igama Lomndenazo Elijayelekileko

Whale shark

Ezinye Zakwabo Emndenini

Ayikho

Igama Lesayensi

Rhincodon typus

Ubukhulu

Ingakhula beyibe mamitha alitjhumi nantathu (13m).

Ikambiso Yokufanisa

Inamacatjhazana wombala ahlezi buvundla kanye nalawo ehlako, kwande imida yombala omlotha begodu womhlobo lo we-Whale Shark ahlukile. Injalo nje inemida elumbanako eqaqada umzimbayo woke.

Ilwazi Elivamileko

Umndeni wama-Rhincodontidae wakhiwa mkhakhawo owodwa kanye nomhlobo munye. Ifesi le imhlobo wesilwani esikhulu kinazo zoke iinlwani eziphilako begodu ubudisi bayo bungaba matani alitjhumi nantathu (13 tons). Kanengi zivame ukubonwa zikhamba ngayinye, kodwana zisuka emhlambini wekhulu lazo. Zinokufudukela eendaweni ezande khulu ngomhlobo weemilo ezibizwa ngama-plankton. Ububanzi bomlomayo bungabalelwa emitheni yinye nahlanu (1,5m) begodu inamazinywana ahlaleleneko amatsikana angaba ma-300-350, nokho ayiwasebenziseli ukudla. Ukubulungeka kwazo kubogaboga khulu begodu akuthabisi. Zimhlobo oqoqoselela ngendeni begodu amadzinyanazo azalwa sele aphila begodu ahlume ngokwaneleko, anjalo nje asuke amasenthimitha amatjhumi amane ukuya kamatjhumi asithandathu wobude. Zinjalo nje zikghona ukuphila iminyaka beyibe likhulu.

Ukudla Kwazo

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Zimhlobo okhethako kilokho ezikudlako. Zidla khulu imihlobo yeemilo ezibizwa ngama-macro-algae, krill, plankton, crustacean imihlotjana yemfesi ezincani kanye nalezo zomhlobo onganamgogodlha.

Ukusabalala Kwazo

Zitholakala umhlaba zombelele kizozoke iindawo zomhlobo we-tropical.