Temporal range: Jurassic
|Whale shark from Taiwan in the Georgia Aquarium|
|Size comparison against an average human|
(Müller and Henle, 1839)
|Range of whale shark|
The largest confirmed individual was 12.65 metres (41.50 ft) in length. The heaviest weighed more than 36 tonnes (79,000 lb). Unconfirmed claims report larger individuals.
The species was discovered in April 1828, following the harpooning of a 4.6 metre specimen in Table Bay, South Africa. Andrew Smith, a military doctor with British troops stationed in Cape Town described it the next year. He published a more detailed description in 1849. The name "whale shark" comes from the fish's physiology; as large as a whale, it too is a filter feeder.
Other pages [change]
- Branch, G.M., Branch, M.L, Griffiths, C.L. and Beckley, L.E. 2010. Two Oceans: a guide to the marine life of southern Africa ISBN 978-1-77007-772-0
- Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly. "Rhincodon typus". FishBase. http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=2081. Retrieved 17 September 2006.
- Martin, R. Aidan.. "Elasmo Research". ReefQuest. http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/topics/d_filter_feeding.htm. Retrieved 17 September 2006.
- "Whale shark". Icthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History. http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Gallery/Descript/Whaleshark/whaleshark.html. Retrieved 17 September 2006.
- Jurassic Shark (2000) documentary by Jacinth O'Donnell; broadcast on Discovery Channel, August 5, 2006
- Martin, R. Aidan. "Rhincodon or Rhiniodon? A Whale Shark by any Other Name". ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research. http://elasmo-research.org/education/topics/ng_rhincodon_or_rhiniodon.htm.
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