Whale sharks may be one of the largest fish in the world, but much of its entire life remains a mystery to us. Scientists believe that the certain paths that whale sharks use and congregate could be in order to prevent population loss. In the past 75 years, the species has had an overall population decline of about 63%. Whale sharks have one of the longest recorded migrations spanning across the Pacific from Panama to the Philippines, a journey of more than 12,000 miles.
Whale sharks tend to stay alone, but when they do group up it is always in a few specific locations, anywhere from 10 to 500 whale sharks can be found gathered at these specific locations such as Austrailia, Belize, the Maldives, Mexico and more. We are not completely sure as to why whale sharks choose these specific spots, but we have to able to link some of them to natural biological phenomenon such as the spawning of land crabs at Christmas Island.
With further research being done we are able to see why the whale sharks choose these specific locations. A couple of the reasons is because of its physical formation, all of these locations are within relatively shallow waters with an area that goes down way further. For them to feed and mate.