Deprecated: Hook custom_css_loaded is deprecated since version jetpack-13.5! Use WordPress Custom CSS instead. Jetpack no longer supports Custom CSS. Read the WordPress.org documentation to learn how to apply custom styles to your site: https://wordpress.org/documentation/article/styles-overview/#applying-custom-css in /home/users/waleedkhalid/www/animalsanswers.com/wp-includes/functions.php on line 6078
How Big Do Whale Sharks Get? - Whale Shark Growth & Size

How Big Do Whale Sharks Get? – Whale Shark Growth & Size

October 22, 2017
1 min read

The size of the whale sharks has been a matter of debate that hasn’t settled yet. Researchers describing different sizes of these sharks are fairly common. Some of them believe the whale shark is 60 feet (18 metres) in length. However, it is not confirmed.

How Big Do Whale Sharks Get?

Until today, the proven length of the whale sharks is around 45 feet (13.7 metres). Still experts have only just come up with the precise length of 39 feet 8.5 inches (12.1 metres) long, which is the largest size of the whale shark measured in recent times.

That being said, if we take 45 feet as a yardstick to be the size of the largest whale shark, still it is a gigantic fish and it will certainly have the following features:

  • The size of its gill slits would be more than 5 feet (1.5 metres);
  • the maximum size of girth would be 22 feet (6.7 metres);
  • a mouth measures around 6 feet (2 metres) across;
  • the length of the first dorsal fin would be 4 feet (1.2 metres);
  • the caudal fin has a length of 16 feet (4.8 metres);
  • pectoral fins measures 8 feet (2.4 metres) in length; and
  • it weighs around 13 tons (12 tonnes).

All things considered, these are just make-believe figures until someone verifies them. But one thing is for sure, whale sharks do indeed have huge size that no other fish can even come closer to.

Latest from Blog

Cane Rat (Thryonomyidae)

Cane rats are robust rodents with stocky bodies, small ears, and short tails; body covered with sharply pointed, but pliable, spiny hairs; broad, heavily built orange-colored chisel-shaped incisors, with the upper ones grooved longitudinally at the front. They will make habitats in grasslands and wooded savanna. What Do Cane Rats…

What Do Antbirds Eat?

Antbirds (Formicariidae) are small to medium-sized songbirds with short, rounded wings, a short or long tail, and a stout or slender bill slightly hooked at the tip, feed on insects on the ground or in trees or thickets; prey is usually gleaned from foliage, although some species also catch flying…

Where Do Mountain Beavers Live?

Mountain beavers do not hibernate and so are active throughout winter. They are primarily nocturnal but are frequently active for short periods during the day. Mountain Beaver Habitat Habitats used by mountain beavers vary, but are typically forests with dense patches of herbs and shrubs. This vegetation supplies not only…

What Do Pangolins Eat?

Pangolins love munching on bugs, especially ants and termites. They sniff out their insect feasts, and sometimes the big pangolins go for the larger bugs. What’s on the menu can change depending on what’s available or the time of year. What Do Pangolins Eat? Pangolins can be a bit choosy,…

Proper Nutrition for Pets

Pet care is a complicated topic, as it is challenging to come to a single opinion. However, most owners will agree that the choice of food has a substantial impact on the condition of cats and dogs. Since much depends on the correct determination of needs, it is worth paying…
");pageTracker._trackPageview();
Go toTop