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Whale shark

(Rhincodon typus)


Category: Fish



These slow-moving, filter-feeders are the largest known living fish species. It is not unusual for them to reach over 45 feet in length and weigh over 30 metric tons (66,000 pounds)! They inhabit tropical and warm-temperate seas throughout the world, living in open ocean but typically not swimming to great depths. Despite their size, they are docile fish and pose no danger to humans.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Chondrichthyes
Order - Orectolobiformes
Family - Rhincodontidae
Genus - Rhincodon
Species - R. typus

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