Did you know that the World’s largest fish is the whale shark?
It’s commonly known across the globe, but with all the newly found fish we are finding in the deep due to technology, this may eventually change. For now, the whale shark is currently the largest known fish swimming in our oceans.
The Whale Shark scientific name Rhinocodon typus is from the family Rhincodontidae and genus Rhinocodon. It is of the class Chondrichthyes and subclass Elasmobranichii. It is believed to trace it’s origins some sixty million years ago. Just like the sturgeon, the whale shark is prehistoric.
The whale shark has been misunderstood throughout the years as a big danger to mankind due to its size, however the whale shark is not a man eater. The whale shark is a filter feeding fish, it feeds by straining food particles from the water.
The mouth of a whale shark can measure up to five feet wide, at length the whale shark can reach excess of 40 feet long. The largest whale shark ever caught measured in at forty two feet long and weighed more than twenty tonnes, it was caught on November 11 1947 near the island of Baba.