25 Of The Rarest Deep Sea Creatures

#11 – Whale shark

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The biggest confirmed whale shark measured 41.5 feet in length (12.65 m) and weighed around 47,000 pounds (21.5 tonnes). There are some unconfirmed cases of whale sharks being more than 46 feet (14 meters) long and weighing more than 66,000 pounds (30 tonnes).

These can be found in tropical oceans, normally the open waters, but is usually not found unless the water temperature is more than 22 °C (72 °F). Modelling techniques have suggested that whale sharks can live for 70 years, however, proving that has been difficult.

Written by Omer Eren

Originally from Turkey, Omer has dreams of travel, but his work and social life keeps him grounded. When he’s not browsing through National Geographic and the Discovery Channel online, he’s trying new recipes he’s coming across on the Food Network. Once he finds the time, he plans to make his first trip to Rome because Italian cuisine is his favorite.