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The largest, biggest, longest sharks – Top 10

The largest sharks – Top 10

Sharks have always fascinated people. Their murderous strength and formidable appearance, for years stimulate our imagination. We create myths around them and create movies about sharks. The bloodthirstiness of sharks captivates our imagination.

Now we present a ranking of the largest sharks of the modern world. Therefore, you will not find on the list the largest shark of all time – Megalodon that whales ate for breakfast :), because it already gave up the ghost for good 2.6 million years ago.

Even if you believe that the Megalodon is still alive, we ensure you that for a long time this shark is no longer on Earth.

Sharks have diversified into over 500 species. They range in size from the small dwarf lanternshark (Etmopterus perryi) of only 18 cm (7 in) in length, to sharks that reach over 12 m (40 ft) in length.

More about the sharks that prevail in the seas and oceans, you will learn from the article – Sharks, myths and facts.

The biggest sharks are the largest fish in the world.

Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias).

The biggest / largest / longest sharks – Top 10


Rank 28-23

28. Sofa shark (Pseudotriakis microdon) – 3.0 m (9.8 ft)

It is a slender, dark brown shark and is a maximum of 2.69 m /8.8 ft/ (males) to 2.95 m /9.7 ft/ (females) long. The lower lobe of the caudal fin is only slightly developed. It Inhabits all oceans at depths from 200 to 1,500 m (656 – 4,920 ft).


27. Indian Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias tricuspidatus) – 3.2 m (10.5 ft)

In the sand tiger sharks, the females reach a maximum length of 320 cm (10.5 ft). The males remain smaller with a maximum body length of 260 cm (8.5 ft). In general, adult fish have a length of 2 to 2.2 meters (6.6 – 7.2 ft). Externally, the sexes hardly differ. They have a pointed, flattened snout and small eyes relative to the body. They have no pitch to protect the eyes. The long pointed teeth are directed strongly forward. The sand tiger sharks are perfectly adapted to the sea sand bottom by the top color and the pattern. Characteristic are the yellow to dark red spots on the elongated, strong, yellowish body, which become paler with age. The ventral side is white. The two dorsal fins, of which the front is offset relatively far to the rear, are the same size.


26. Pelagic Thresher (Alopias pelagicus) – 3.8 m (12.47 ft)

The Pacific fox shark is a large shark with a maximum body length of about 380 cm (12.47 ft). It has a dark blue to blue-violet back color without conspicuous drawing and a white belly color, which does not extend beyond the ventral fins. The shark has a conically rounded snout and relatively small eyes compared to other fox sharks. The caudal fin is very large and the upper tail lobus has a length that is almost equal to the rest of the body. The shark has a small anal fin and two dorsal fins. The first dorsal fin is significantly larger than the second and lies behind the pectoral fins. The pectoral fins are relatively large and do not end sharply like the common fox shark. Like all species of the genus, these sharks have five gill slits.


25. Blue Shark (Prionace glauca) – 3.83 m (12.57 ft)

The blue shark usually reaches a body length of about 340 cm (11.2 ft), but in individual cases can also be significantly larger. For example, the longest blue shark ever measured had a length of 383 cm (12.6 ft) and unconfirmed reports even speak of animals over 4.5 meters (14.8 ft) in length. The maximum known body weight of a blue shark was 205.9 kg (454 lb). The back of these sharks and the tops of the fins are bright dark blue and thus eponymous for the species. The belly and the bottom of the fins are white and at the fin tips the animals are black. Compared to other requiem sharks, the first dorsal fin is shifted much farther back and the pectoral fins are long and sickle-shaped. The caudal fin is medium in size compared to other sharks and small keels are found on the tail root.


24. Oceanic Whitetip Shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) – 4.0 m (13.12 ft)

With a body length of up to 400 cm (13.1 ft), the Oceanic Whitetip Shark is one of the largest sharks, but rarely reaches more than 300 cm (9.8 ft) in length. The average lengths are 180 to 190 cm (5.9 – 6.2 ft). Females are usually slightly larger than males. It has a maximum weight of almost 170 kilograms (375 lb), the heaviest known animal weighed 167.5 kg (369 lb). The species has the shark’s typical physique, which is often formed by a slight hump.


23. Prickly Shark (Echinorhinus cookei) – 4.0 m (13.12 ft)

Prickly Shark is a large shark – average size about 3 meters (9.8 ft), maximum size about 4 meters (13.1 ft) with two tail fins offset to the tail without fin sting. The thorn shark got its name because of flat thorn-like skin denticles, which are located on the body and the fins. The second dorsal fin starts slightly before the end of the ventral fins, the anal fin is missing. The head is flattened with small suction holes. The fifth gill slit is significantly larger than the other four. The body has a predominantly brown color.


Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) – 2nd place.

Rank 22-17

22. Humpback Cat Shark (Apristurus gibbosus) – 4.1 (13.45 ft)
21. Bumpytail ragged-tooth (Odontaspis ferox) – 4.1 m (13.5 ft)
20. Smalltooth Sand Tiger Shark (Odontaspis ferox) – 4.1 m (13.45 ft)
19. Dusky Shark (Carcharhinus obscurus) – 4.20 m (13.78 ft)
18. Longfin Mako Shark (Isurus paucus) – 4.3 m (14.11 ft)
17. Nurse Shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) – 4.30 m (14.11 ft)


Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) – 3rd place.

Rank 16-11

16. Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini) – 4.30 m (14.11 ft)
15. Pacific Sleeper Shark (Somniosus pacificus) – 4.40 m (14.44 ft)
14. Whitley’s sleeper shark (Somniosus antarcticus) – 4.40 m (14.44 ft)
13. Shortfin Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) – 4.45 m (14.6 ft)
12. Bluntnose Sixgill Shark (Hexanchus griseus) – 4.80 m (15.75 ft)
11. Bigeye Thresher Shark (Alopias superciliosus) – 4.90 m (16.08 ft)


Smooth Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna zygaena)
Smooth Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna zygaena) – 10th place.

Rank 10-6

10. Smooth Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna zygaena) – 5.00 m (16 ft)
9. Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) – 5.50 m (18.04 ft)
8. Megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) – 5.50 m (18.04 ft)
7. Great Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran) – 6.10 m (20.01 ft)
6. Goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) – 6.2 m (20.34 ft)


Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)
Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) – 9th place.

Rank 5-1

5. Common Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus) – 6.50 m (21.33 ft)
4. Greenland Shark (Somniosus microcephalus) – 7.30 m (23.95 ft)
3. Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) – 8.0 m (26.25 ft)
2. Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) – 12.27 m (40.26 ft)

1. Whale Shark (Rhiniodon typus) – 12.7 m (41.67 ft)


Whale Shark (Rhiniodon typus)
Whale Shark (Rhiniodon typus) – 1st place. The biggest / largest fish in the world.

The largest shark ever lived was

Megalodon – 18 m (59 ft)


Megalodon (Carcharodon megalodon / Carcharocles megalodon)
Megalodon (Carcharodon megalodon / Carcharocles megalodon) jaws.


Dinosaur Database


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