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Shark (Whale)

Rincodon typus
Shark (Whale)

Range

They are found throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.

Habitat

They live in warm (tropical) and mild (subtropical) oceans, along coastlines. They do enter tropical island bays. They are often found feeding on the surface of the water.

Body Traits

They are the largest fish in the world, reaching up to 50-feet long and weighing up to 20 tons (40,000 pounds) Their large bodies come to a point at both ends and are dark colored and covered with lighter spots and stripes. They have a flattened head and small eyes close to the front of their heads.

Habits

They swim slowly near the surface of the ocean while they're feeding. They are curious and gentle sharks and let swimmers come up to them in the water.

Diet

They feed near the surface of the ocean, eating small sea creatures like, shrimp and krill (crustaceans), plankton, small fish, like sardines and anchovies, and big fish like mackerel.

Reproduction

They bear hundreds of 2-inch long (60cm) live young (ovoviviparous).

Shark (Whale)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class:     Chondrichthyes/Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Orectolobiformes
Suborder: None
Family: Rhincodontidae
Genus: Rhincodon
Species: R. typus

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