10 Facts About Whale Sharks You Probably Didn’t Know.

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You might get confused, whether we’re talking about whales or sharks. Well, whale sharks are not whales at all; they are sharks. Though, they have many things in common with whales.

Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish, measuring up to 45 feet in length. There’s very little information available about whale sharks. Researchers don’t even know how many exist in the world’s ocean. These gentle big fish are both beautiful and fascinating.

Here are the 10 facts about whale sharks world’s largest fish which you might not have known about.

Whale sharks are slow swimmers. They move at speeds of not more than 3 miles per hour.

A whale shark’s mouth is at the very front of its head. Unlike, the underside of the head of most sharks.

A whale shark can process more than 6000 liters of water an hour through its gills.

Whale sharks grow fast. But after attaining a certain size, their growth rate slows down, considerably.

Whale sharks have got thousands of teeth. Most sharks have 20 to 30 rows of pearly whites, but whale sharks have more than 300 rows.

It is believed that they may have a lifespan of 100 to 150 years.

Whale sharks are harmless. They are huge, but they are not dangerous. They are gentle creatures.

Whale sharks have never eaten a person. They rarely notice humans, let alone eat us.

Whale sharks can be found all around the world. They live in the band of oceans about 35 degrees north and south of the equator.

Whale sharks are classified as endangered species with a declining population.