Largest fish [Marine]
Last updated: October 10, 2017 at 3:52 am
Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) – Up to 12.65 m (41.5 ft) in length. A specimen captured in Thailand in 1919 was reported to measure 18 m (59 ft). Warm water shark found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Despite its impressive size, the whale shark feeds only on plankton and is not a threat to people.
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