November27. Philippines-India - 60 Years of Diplomatic
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Featuring Endangered Marine Life
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WHALE SHARK (Rhincodon typus).
A slow moving filter feeding shark,
the largest living fish species. The largest confirmed individual
had a length of 12.65 meters (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than
21.5 tons (47,000 lb), but unconfirmed claims report considerably
larger whale sharks. This distinctively-marked fish is the only
member of its genus Rhincodon and its family, Rhincodontidae (called
Rhinodontes before 1984), which belongs to the subclass
Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The shark is found in
tropical and warm oceans, lives in the open sea with a lifespan of
about 70 years. The species originated about 60 million years ago.
Although whale sharks have very large mouths, they feed mainly,
though not exclusively, on plankton, microscopic plants and animals,
although the BBC programme Planet Earth filmed a whale shark feeding
on a school of small http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_shark
GANGETIC DOLPHIN (Platanista gangetica).
Also known as The Ganges River
Dolphin. A freshwater dolphin that is found primarily in the River
Ganges. Known to fishermen for centuries and the subject of myth and
legend, the Ganges River Dolphin is an endangered species. It is
estimated that there are around 2000 Ganges River Dolphins in the
rivers of the Indian Subcontinent.
It grows to a length of 5 to 8 feet
and can weigh up to 90 Kg. It has a long snout, big flippers and a
stocky but streamlined body. It was believed to be blind, and
reliant purely on echolocation, however, its eyes have been found to
provide some vision. It is a good swimmer and maneuvers its way
through the murky water with its tail and flippers.