It turns out that the world's largest shark is fed on algae

It turns out that the world's largest shark is fed on algae

Researchers wondered whether the whale shark was just filtering food, or whether it was only part of its diet and was carnivorous.

It turns out that, unlike their smaller counterparts, whale sharks feed on plankton, a variety of underwater organisms, because they are filterers.

During the course of the work, the authors compared the composition of amino acids and fatty acids of the shark ' s body, as well as its feces, to different types of food, and found that the shark could digest everything, including plant food; it was algae, especially the brown algae sargassum, that formed the main diet of sharks.

Marine biologist Mark Mickan says that the evolution of whale shark digestion has made this species more adapted to make it easier for him to find food without spending too much energy.