The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow filter feeding shark that is the largest living fish species. It can grow up to 12.2 m. (40 ft.) in length and can weigh up to 13.6 metric tonnes (15 short tons). This distinctively-marked shark is the only member of its genus Rhincodon and its family, Rhincodontidae (called Rhinodontes before 1984), which is grouped into the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea. The species is believed to have originated about 60 million years ago.

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  • Amber Elizabeth Fromm Donais
    Amber Elizabet...about 6 years ago

    Wow wonderful shot !!! :):):) I love the world of our amazing oceans:)

  • Thank you so much

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  • janeymac
    janeymacabout 6 years ago

    awesome!

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  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 6 years ago

    This is incredible- gorgeous colours and awesome shot!!

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  • Marcus Grant IPA
    Marcus Grant IPAabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful work, instant fav

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  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAabout 6 years ago

    great work. tom

  • Thank you so much Tom!!

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  • Ed Moore
    Ed Mooreabout 6 years ago

    Is this a painting or a photo? Whatever it is, it makes me glad to be a landlubber!

  • It is a photo, Thanks for viewing!! !

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  • HELUA
    HELUAabout 6 years ago

    An amazing image! Could be a painting…did you dive and photograph this?
    I´m totally impressed either way! This shark is a favourite of mine, ever since I read
    `Kon Tiki´ by Thor Heyerdahl!!!

  • I wish I could say I was brave enough to dive and photograph but this is a walk through tunnel with the sea life above. I think it turned out pretty cool though!

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  • jpryce
    jpryceabout 6 years ago

    great shot and color!

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  • HELUA
    HELUAabout 6 years ago

    It´s totally cool! Wonderful blue world !!!

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  • ian taylor
    ian taylorabout 6 years ago

    fantastic

  • Thank you so much !!

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