As of 2014, the largest shark ever captured was a whale shark, measuring 12.6 metres and weighing an estimated 15.5 tons. It was captured in 1949 off the coast of Baba Island near Pakistan.
The whale shark is a docile filter feeder, and poses little threat to humans. Controversy exists regarding the largest specimen of a predatory shark, since some claims provide little solid evidence. The largest scientifically-measured predatory shark ever caught was a great white shark, which was caught off of Prince Edward's Island in Canada in 1988. It was a female that measured 20 feet long and weighed an estimated 4,200 pounds.Learn More
The largest shark species in the ocean is the whale shark, which measures between 46 to 60 feet when fully grown. This shark has an average lifespan of 70 years and is known as one of the slowest-moving shark species in the world.Full Answer >
A whale shark is not bigger than a blue whale. They both, however, hold "world's largest" distinctions. The whale shark is the largest living fish, while the blue whale is the largest living animal.Full Answer >
As of July 2014, the largest hammerhead shark ever caught weighed 1,280 pounds and measured 14 feet in length. The catch was made on the morning of May 23, 2006, by Clyde "Bucky" Dennis off the Gulf Coast of Florida.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the largest great white shark ever caught weighed 2,664 lbs. This shark was pulled from South Australian waters in 1959 by fisherman Alf Dean.Full Answer >