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Characteristics Of Whale Sharks

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CLASSIFICATION
Taxonomic words can be difficult to understand. So below are some of the words that classify whale sharks from the underwater world and their definitions.
Animalia: a taxonomic kingdom that includes living and extinct animals
Chordata: a taxonomic phylum that includes all the animals that have a spinal column (backbone)
Chondrichthyes: a class of fish that have cartilaginous skeletons
Orectolobiformes: an order of carpet sharks
Rhincodontidae: a family of small-toothed sharks
Rhincodon typus: the genus and species of whale sharks TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. CLASSFICATION TREE..................................1
2. CLASSIFICATION..........................................2
3. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND ADAPTATIONS.......3
4. DIET..............................................................4
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It also has a lateral line which senses movement in the water. Whale sharks amazingly have 350 rows of the teeth which make the total 3000 teeth. Each tooth is 3 mm thick. The mouth of a whale shark is 4 Feet wide (120 cm). A whale has a complex filtering system. Whale sharks have 3 ridges that run on the side of large gill slits. The spiracle is located near the eye. It is used to breathe. Its skin is 10 centimetres thick. The top fin on the tail is slightly larger than the bottom fin. The tail of the whale shark is half mooned shaped. Whale sharks are slower that most sharks. They have to move their whole body to swim rather that tail. Whale sharks grow up to 9 – 12 meters, when they are adults. The skin of the whale shark is yellow or white blotches. They weigh up to 12,500 kg. The heaviest whale shark was known to weigh 34,000 kg. Whale sharks are curious creature and are friendly to
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