World Biggest Sharks

World Biggest Sharks

There are over 360 shark species that have been recognized till date. These species are broadly categorized into eight different orders. While some of these species of sharks are predators, some others are absolutely harmless. Similarly, while some of them are very large in size, many others are relatively small.

As far as the size of these sharks is concerned, the world’s biggest sharks include the Big-eye Thresher, Blunt-nose Sixgill, Thresher, Great Hammerhead, Greenland, Pacific Sleeper, Tiger Shark, Great White Shark, Basking Shark, and Whale Shark, arranged in ascending order of size.
Here is a brief description of the five biggest known shark species that exist on Earth:

Whale Shark: Scientifically named as Rhincodon typus, the Whale shark, measuring almost 41 feet in length and nearly 15 tons in weight, is the world’s biggest shark. It is commonly found in the warm water and the tropical oceans and is primarily a filter feeder. As it is not a predator shark, it is not at all dangerous. Their maximum life span is nearly 70 years and they belong to a 60-million old species.

Basking Shark: With a length of forty feet and a maximum weight of 19 tons, Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second biggest shark on planet earth. Like the whale sharks, these sharks are also harmless filter feeders.

Great White Shark: With the maximum length reaching up to 26.2 feet and the maximum weight of nearly 5000 lbs, the Great White (Carcharodon carcharias) is the third largest shark on the list. It is commonly found in the coastal waters and is the most ferocious of all the predator sharks that are known to exist across oceans.

Tiger Shark: Also known as the Galeocerdo cuvier, the tiger shark is theworld’s fourth biggest shark, with a length of 24.3 ft and the total weight of 2000 lbs. They inhabit the tropical waters and are infamous for attacking the human swimmers.

Pacific Sleeper Shark: With length measuring up to twenty-three feet and weight of nearly 800 lbs, the Pacific Sleeper shark (Somniosus pacificus), is the fifth largest shark. They usually prefer staying deep inside the water and can also be sometimes found at a depth of 6500 ft below the surface of the ocean.

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