Gallery description : whale shark

Whale Shark is a fish that lives in warm coastal waters and open ocean. It has a smooth skin and can speed up to 16km/h (10mph). Whale Shark which scientific name is rhincodon typus grows 10-12.2m (33-40ft) and weights 13,607-18,144kg (15-20tons). The animal lives 60-70 years in a solitary lifestyle. Favourite food: krill, plankton, crab, fish

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Facts about whale sharks
NameWhale Shark
PhylumChordata
KingdomAnimalia
Average Litter Size12
GenusRhincodon
Conservation StatusThreatened
PredatorsHuman, sharks, killer whale
ColourBrown, blue, grey
FamilyRhincodontidae
Scientific NameRhincodon typus
LifestyleSolitary
HabitatWarm coastal waters and open ocean
ClassChondrichthyes
OrderOrectolobiformes
TypeFish
Life Span60-70 years
Skin TypeSmooth
Main PreyKrill, plankton, crab, fish
Size10-12.2m (33-40ft)
Top Speed16km/h (10mph)
Weight13,607-18,144kg (15-20tons)
DietCarnivore
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