Female whale sharks have officially been named the biggest fish in the sea.
There has been an ongoing debate amongst marine experts for years. Some say that male whale sharks are bigger, while others believe the female is bigger.
However, a new study which was published in Frontiers in Marine Science concluded that females are officially bigger.
Their average length is 14 metres.
A team of fish biologists at the Australian Institute of Marine Science tracked 54 individual whale sharks. They conducted more than 1,000 measurements with stereo-video cameras.
The team also discovered that the size increase of female whale sharks could help when it comes to producing babies.
Only one pregnant whale shark has ever been documented, but it held up to 300 babies! Most sharks carry between two and 12.
Whale Sharks FACTS:
• They grow around 20 to 30cm a year.
• Whale sharks are friendly and pose no threat to humans.
• Their names refer to their size – whale sharks are as big as some species of whales!
• They live in tropical and warm-temperate seas all over the world.
• Whale sharks are filter feeders, which is a type of feeding that only two other types of shark (megamouth and basking sharks) use.
• Each shark has between 300-350 tiny teeth in their big mouths!