Sharks also known as the King of the Ocean are in the list of advanced hunters that have ever seen on the Earth. At the same time, there is still a lot of ambiguity around these very intelligent creatures. Most of the mysteriousness is still hidden within the dark and deep shadows of the ocean.
They are an integral part of the aquatic ecosystems of the planet and deserve our protection as well as attention. According to the studies, the shark species ranges from 350 to 500.
Here is a list of 5 biggest sharks in the world.
5. Pacific Sleeper Shark
Pacific Sleeper Shark is one of the biggest sharks in the World. It has a rod-shaped body and a round and short snout. Swimming in the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, Pacific Sleeper Shark as one of the big sharks in the world reaches 7 meters and weighs around 907 kilograms that are equal to one ton. It belongs to the somniosid sharks family. At the time of maturity, its length is about 3.6 meters and weighs about 350 kg. Pacific Sleeper Shark with bristle skin is greyish black in color.
4. Tiger Shark
Tiger sharks commonly called sea tigers live in the temperate and tropical waters of the Pacific Islands. A tiger shark gets its name from the dark ribbons on its skin that resemble those of a tiger and fades with the age. The spindle body has a sharp nose at a narrow snout tip.
The tiger shark is 7.6 meters long and weighs approximately 1360 kilograms. Tiger sharks have a very complete diet that includes fish.
3. Great White Shark
The Great White Shark is one of the biggest sharks in the world and is the largest predatory shark. It is also known as the fiercest predators of the ocean.
This shark can are found in the coastline surface waters of almost all the big oceans. Although the reports differ in size, Great White Shark is around 8 meters long and can weigh about 907 kilograms that is almost a ton.
2. Basking Shark
Basking Shark is the second biggest shark in the world. Basking Shark has a conical body and is covered with a layer of mucus with a gray or brown skin at the back as well as a white tummy. It’s dorsal and pectoral fins are very large, as they can reach two meters.
It measures 8.8 meters or 40.4 feet and weighs 6000 kg. Sharks live in all the oceans of the world, but they predominate in temperate waters under the continental shelf and the pole. The environment of Basking Shark is strongly influenced by food availability.
1. Whale Shark
The whale shark is probably the biggest sharks in the world, 20 meters long and weighing 12,500 kg. Its spindle body is broad in the middle part and is reduced to the head and the tail.
The head is broad and horizontal, with small eyes on the front. Whale Sharks feed on plankton and travel long distances to find enough food to maintain their size and reproduction.