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Tiburón ballena, Whale shark

Rhinchodon typus

Description:

is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 meters (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb), and there are unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks. Claims of individuals over 14 meters (46 ft) long and weighing at least 30 metric tons (66,000 lb) are not uncommon. The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate, rivaling many of the largest dinosaurs in weight.

Habitat:

The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea

Notes:

The largest known extant fish species

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1 Comment

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Lucky you to see this so close!

MikeGrageda
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MikeGrageda

Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on Jun 28, 2013
Submitted on Jul 16, 2013

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