Reproduction and survival

Reproduction Whale sharks that are found in Indian and Pacific Oceans and the Caribbean Sea are genetically quite similar. They move and interbreed between populations. They do not breed until they are about 25 to 30 years old and may breed and give birth out in the open ocean. Female whale sharks store sperm after a single mating event, and subsequently fertilize their own eggs as they are produced. Whale sharks are viviparous, giving birth to live young. Newborns are over 2 feet (60 cm) long.  Age Age estimates for whale sharks are 60 years and it may live up to 100 - 150 years.