If a scuba diver came across a whale shark, the whale shark would probably

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  1. Whale sharks ( Rhincodon typus ) are not whales and
  2. they are not mammals. They are the largest
  3. fish in the world. An average whale shark is around
  4. 25 feet long, but they can reach up to 40 feet long.
  5. As with most sharks, the females are larger than
  6. the males.
  7. You would think that with such a massive body
  8. this shark would be a fierce predator, but this
  9. mammoth fish is quite mild-mannered. It likes its
  10. solitude. Its mouth, which looks quite threatening,
  11. can open up to four feet wide and has about 310
  12. rows of teeth, or about 3,000 teeth in all. The
  13. interesting thing is, this gentle giant doesn’t even
  14. really use the teeth. Instead, it filters plankton and
  15. krill through its gills for nourishment by simply
  16. opening its enormous mouth to take in a large
  17. amount of water. The plankton stay in the mouth
  18. for nourishment while the water strains through
  19. gills in the side of the mouth. Even though a whale
  20. shark has a huge body, its gullet is relatively
  21. small.So while a whale shark could fit larger food
  22. into its mouth, it would not be able to
  23. swallow it.
  24. Whale sharks are quite beautiful. Their back and
  25. sides are a reddish or greenish-brown. The top of the
  26. body has white or yellowish spots and stripes of
  27. varying sizes, and the underside is whitish or
  28. yellowish-white. A diver looking for such beauty
  29. has nothing to fear: Whale sharks are harmless to
  30. people, and if met by a diver, would probably ignore
  31. him completely. They live in the open seas all over
  32. the world, preferring to stay in areas close to the
  33. equator for the mild temperatures. They reach
  34. adulthood at 25 to 30 years of age, and they may
  35. live to be 100 years old.

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If a scuba diver came across a whale shark, the whale shark would probably

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  1. A
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    swim away.
  2. B
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    open its enormous mouth.
  3. C
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    keep its eye on the diver.
  4. D
    Correct Answer
    pay no attention to the diver.
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