No Such Thing as a “Typical Shark”—Shark Diversity, Part 2
August 11, 2009

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Pajama, Bullhead Zebra, Portjackson

Here’s some more ways that sharks are diverse:

Size
Sharks come in a wide range of sizes. Dwarf Dogfish are the smallest, reaching a max length of only 8 inches. Whale sharks are the largest. The biggest one actually measured was 42 feet, though there are estimates that they reach up to 60 feet. While there are several other sharks that grow to be close to or more than 20 feet long, most reach more moderate  lengths. About half of known shark species are under 3 feet long, and eighty percent don’t exceed 9 feet.

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