The largest fish in the world. The whale shark is the only member of the family Rhincodontidae, which is in the carpet shark order, Orectolobiformes. The sole member of the genus Rhincodon as well, the whale shark has the scientific name R. typus.
The whale shark is enormous, reaching a maximum size of about 59 feet (18 meters) in length and nearly 20 tons in weight. Most specimens…
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The whale sharks are known to reside in the warm oceans and tropical waters in the wide sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. In spite of their larger mouth, they mainly feed on microscopic plants and animals including plankton. They were identified at the start of 19th century in 1828 when the specimen of about 4.6 m (15.1 feet) was found to harpoon in Table Bay, South Africa.
Here are the most wonderful whale sharkfacts for kids including whale sharks diet, habitat, reproduction, and behavior. The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving shark and is regarded as the largest extant fish species. They are also referred to as filter feeding sharks. They can grow to a size of about 12.65 m (41.50 feet), with a weight measuring at 21.5 tonnes (47,000 lb), there are unverified reports of significantly larger whale sharks. There have been claims regarding the length measuring at 14 m (46 feet), with the weight of around 30 tonnes (66,000 lb). These sharks have the honor of being called a mammoth size and are by far the largest non-mammalian vertebrate, rivaling many of the largest dinosaurs by weight. It is the only member of genus and the Rhincodontidae and it belongs to the subclass Elasmobranchii and the class Chondrichthyes. These species are believed to have been evolved some 60 million years ago.