Kingdom : Animalia
                  Class : Chondrichthyes
               Family : Rhincodontodae
Scientific Name : Rhincodon Typus

                    Size : 10 - 12.2m (33 - 40ft)
               Weight : 13,607 - 18,144kg  
                                 (15 - 20tons)
          Top Speed : 16km/h (10mph)
           Life Span : 60 - 70 years

                Colour : Brown, Blue, Grey
           Skin Type : Smooth
Special Features : Enormous streamlined
                                body and broad, 
                                flat head
  1. The whale Shark is the largest species of fish in the world.
  2. They have enormous streamlined bodies with a flat, broad head.
  3. They could be brown, blue or grey in colour.
  4. A few adult sharks are known to be around 50 ft long.
  5. They are also one of the oldest species on earth known to develop around 60 million years ago.
  6. They are known to inhabit the warm, tropical waters around the equator and are also found along the coastlines.
  7. If they are not able to hunt in the shallow waters, they may dive to depths of up to 2000 feet.
  8. They are most commonly spotted along the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf islands and are known to be quite friendly.
  9. Unlike other sharks, they feed on shoals of tiny fish rather than big fish and are filter feeders like whales.
  10. The female whale sharks carry and incubate the eggs inside them and give birth to the pups after the eggs hatch.
  11. Of the many eggs, only a few hatch and the rest serve as food for the whale shark pups.
  12. The average litter size of a whale shark is around 12 pups.
  13. The pups are 60 cm long when born and grow quickly during the first few years.
  14. Due to their huge size they have very few natural predators in s few sharks and killer whales.
  15. Humans have also been known to hunt them.
  16. The average lifespan of around 60-80 years.

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