On this list, we rank the biggest sharks in the world based on a combination of their length and weight.
1. Pacific Sleeper Shark
The Pacific sleeper shark is one of the largest sharks in the world’s oceans, reaching an average length of 12 feet. they’re found in the North Pacific as well as in the Arctic and some temperate waters. They are both scavengers and predators and feed by sucking and cutting their prey. They inhale the prey, and if it is too big for them to swallow, they use their teeth to cut it up.
2. Bluntnose Sixgill Shark
The bluntnose sixgill shark, sometimes also known as a cow shark, is the largest of all hexanchoid sharks. It can reach up to 20 feet in length but is more commonly found around 15-16 feet in length.
The sharks have a large body and tail with a blunt nose, as their name suggests, and six rows of teeth. The sharks are found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.
3. Thresher Share
The thresher shark is a unique-looking shark that has an elongated tailfin. It lives in the world’s temperate and tropical oceans and usually grows to be around 15 feet long but has been recorded at up to 20 feet in length as well.
They use their incredible tails as weapons to whip and stun prey. Today, they are regarded as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN. These sharks are often hunted for their fins, skin, and liver oil.
4. Great White Shark
The infamous great white shark is perhaps the best-known of all the large species of sharks in the earth’s oceans. These sharks are large predators, often at the top of the food chain, and usually grow to around 15.5 feet in length. The males are smaller, growing to a maximum of around 13 feet. They have few natural predators, one of the only being the orca.
The species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN and is threatened due to the continuation of shark hunting and climate change.
5. Whale Shark
The whale shark is well-known as the largest shark in the earth’s oceans. It can grow to an incredible length of nearly 60 feet and weighs around 41,000 pounds on average. This enormous shark, like the two other largest sharks, the basking shark and megamouth shark, is a filter feeder.
Despite its size, it cruises through the oceans peacefully, sucking in zooplankton and other small creatures like shrimp. They pose no threat to human beings and are not aggressive.
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