The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow filter feeding shark that is the largest living fish species. It can grow up to 12.2 m. (40 ft.) in length and can weigh up to 13.6 tonnes (15 short tons). This distinctively-marked shark is the only member of its genus Rhincodon and its family, Rhincodontidae (called Rhinodontes before 1984), which is grouped into the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea and can live for about 70 years.The species is believed to have originated about 60 million years ago.
The whale shark is targeted by artisanal and commercial fisheries in several areas where they seasonally aggregate. The population is unknown and the species is considered vulnerable by the IUCN. All fishing, selling, importing and exporting of whale sharks for commercial purposes has been banned in the Philippines since 1998, India in May 2001, followed by Taiwan in May 2007.
红网10月24日报道 12米长、20多吨重，嘴巴张开有一个成人高, 出海捕鱼30多年的老渔民也说第一次见到. 昨日上午, 一艘舟山的捕鱼船来到宁波, 令人惊奇的是, 这次他们带来的竟是一条巨大的金钱鲨, 一时间吸引了码头上众人的围观................周师傅告诉记者，这样的鱼越大越贵, 10吨左右的金钱鲨, 每公斤价格在16元左右，如果有15吨左右, 价格就要24元/公斤, 现在这条大鲨鱼超过20吨, 少说也值五六十万元.