Rhincodon typus

Whale Shark
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Whale Shark

The gentle giant of the ocean, this filter-feeding behemoth is distinguished by its dotted appearance and broad, flattened head. Despite its intimidating size, it's known to be peaceful, often allowing smaller aquatic creatures to hitch a ride on its vast body.

mouths can have up to 300 rows of tiny teeth

can grow up to 20m (65.6ft) long

Taxonomic Rank Scientific Name Common Name
Kingdom Animalia Animals
Phylum Chordata Chordates
Class Chondrichthyes Rays, Sharks, and Relatives
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Rhincodontidae Whale Shark
Genus Rhincodon
Species Rhincodon typus Whale Shark

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