whale shark

Whale shark

Despite the rainy weather that we have been having we have been lucky enough to see another whale shark at Sail Rock. Lucky #PADI discover scuba divers and fun divers have had an experience that they will never forget.

About the whale shark

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known of fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 m (41.50 ft) and a weight of about 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb), and unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks exist. The whale shark that we had today at Sail Rock was a juvenile with a length of around 5 m, Claims of individuals over 14 m (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 nonmammalian vertebrate. It is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon and the family, Rhincodontidae (called Rhiniodon and Rhinodontidae before 1984), which belongs to the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The species originated about 60 million years ago.

 

whale shark