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Smallest ever whale shark ?

From the Sky News page at http://tinyurl.com/yhdzcqf

The world’s smallest ever whale shark has reportedly been discovered in waters off the eastern Philippines.

The baby whale shark measured just 15 inches and was found in shallow water off Donsol in the Philippine province of Sorsogon on Saturday.

Activists for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) who were involved in the whale’s rescue said they heard a live whale shark was being offered for sale at a nearby beach. Expecting a stranded giant, the rescuers instead found a tiny shark tied to a stake in the mud like a neglected puppy.

The WWF said the baby fish is "arguably the smallest living whale shark in recorded history" and continued  "This new discovery is the first indication that this coastline may actually be a birthing site."

Whale sharks, are the largest fish on the planet growing up to 40 feet long. They are harmless to humans but are facing a high risk of extinction according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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