Whale sharks are truly amazing creatures. Check out our whale shark fast facts to learn some jaw-dropping facts about them…
Ten Amazing Facts About Whale Sharks
- The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the largest fish and shark in the world
- The whale shark is found in warm open waters of the tropical oceans
- The lifespan of the whale shark ranges from 70 to 100 years
- The whale shark is also the largest non-cetacean animal in the world
- The average length of an adult whale sharks is 9.7 meters and they weigh on average 9 tonnes
- Whale sharks have over 300 rows of tiny teeth – not used for eating!
- Whale sharks are solitary creatures
- Whale sharks spend most of their time near the surface
- The whale shark is a filter feeder, feeding mainly on plankton
- Whale sharks can process over 6,000 litres (1,500 gallons) of water each hour
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