Lets start off with the not-so-much meat eating sharks.
Well, kinda, the Whale Shark (middle) still eats krill, and we don’t really know much about the Megamouth Shark (bottom), but it probably eats Jellyfish and other sorts of plankton. Either way, with the Basking Shark (top), these three sharks make up the filter feeding, planktivorous sharks.
They swim with their massive mouths open through the water and filter out all the tiny particles for food. Even though they have similar methods of feeding they’re actually quite different!
Whale sharks fall under the taxanomic classification of Orectolobiformes (or carpet sharks), similar to Nurse Sharks, while Megamouths and Basking Sharks fall under Lamniformes (Mackerel Sharks) like great whites.
Both Whale Sharks and Basking Sharks are classified as vulnerable by the IUCN, where as the Megamouth Shark is so rare that we can’t really say - only 3 Megamouths have ever been recorded on film!
Whale Sharks are absolutely incredible animals, they can grow to 10 meters, weigh 10 tonnes and live to 70 years, while Basking Sharks are slightly smaller at 8 meters and 5 tonnes.
They might all look a bit scary, but are completely and absolutely harmless to humans, the only thing they’d hurt is krill!