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Whale Shark

snorkelling with a Whale Shark
Whale Shark
Credit: Kevin Michael Gacad
Whale Shark
Whale Shark
Credit: Emmy Ahlen
Whale Shark
Whale Shark
Credit: Emmy Ahlen
Whale Shark
Whale Shark
Credit: Emmy Ahlen
Whale Shark Rhincodon typus
Description

The largest fish in the sea, reaching sizes of more than 12 metres. Slow-swimming harmless shark that filter feeds near the surface is warm seas and oceans. Whale Sharks are harmless to humans, but need to be given space and respect by divers.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Chondrichthyes: Cartilaginous fish
Order: Orectolobiformes (Carpet Sharks)
Family: Rhynchocinetidae (Rhynchocinetidae)
Genus: Rhincodon (Rhincodon)
Species: Rhincodon typus
Size
Average Size: 4 metres - 12 metres

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