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Whale shark   (Rhincodon typus)
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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.

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Data & Facts

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

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

The Oldest Fish in the Sea?

The Greenland Sleeper Shark, the only living species of sub-Arctic shark, is an apex predator only slightly smaller than the great white shark, with an estimated lifespan of 200 years - one of the longest-living vertebrates on the planet. While the Greenland Shark is a slow swimmer, it will eat just about anything: eels, flounders, other sharks, seals - and those are just animals who live in the water! Polar bear remains and even an entire reindeer body have been found inside these sharks! Fortunately, while there are Inuit legends of Greenland sharks attacking kayaks, there have been no reports of human predation. There have been, however many cases of people eating Greenland sharks! Their meat is highly toxic - it will produce effects in your body similar to being extremely drunk, but a fermented version that has been hung out to dry for several weeks is considered a delicacy in Iceland.

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