What is the Biggest Shark? A Chart Shows the Diversity of Shark Sizes
Sharks come in all sizes. The largest is the whale shark, which has been known to get as large as 18 meters (60 feet). The smallest fits in your hand. Find out how these modern sharks stack up against the ancient Carcharodon megalodon. And if you’re a fan of great white sharks, you can download a shark-themed board game, track a shark named Omoo, and listen to a podcast about the species on our Great White Shark section.
(via: Smithsonian Ocean Portal)
(image: © Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California)
Mobula Rays (Mobula sp.)
… which are closely related to Manta Rays, leaping like crazy motherfuckers out of the water off the Coast of Cabo Pulmo, Baja California, Mexico. :3
(photo: Cptn. Ricardo Espinosa Orozco-Reo)
Basking sharks freak me out.
Well done Captain Khan, what a catch. I’m really glad you got the baby in your hands as well otherwise I wouldn’t have thought you were such a big strong man without a superiority complex.
I shouldn’t. I wasn’t there, I don’t know the state of the oceanic manta population in 1933, I don’t know if you caught it on purpose, I don’t know if from then on you dedicated your life to something honorable. I shouldn’t but I completely judge you for this. In a bad way.
Know your rays!
Leave bubbles, not handprints…
“Unfortunately it’s [manta rays’] gill rakers which make mantas a target for unsustainable fishing. Traded for use in Chinese medicine, the market for gill rakers is on the rise.” (via Magnificent Manta Rays Deserve a Big Shout Out | Project AWARE)