Whale sharks may be larger than previously thought
Whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, could be even bigger than previously recorded, a new has study revealed. The BBC reported that scientists have developed a new way of measuring the sharks, using cameras with laser beams attached. Although whale sharks were previously measured at up to 20 metres in length, accurate details of the giant fish have been difficult to obtain.
“Other researchers have previously tried to measure the sharks with a tape measure, or by visually estimating size, which is obviously difficult to do accurately,” PhD student and whale shark researcher, Christoph Rohner, explained. “The laser system will allow us to reliably obtain accurate measurements from free-swimming sharks, so we may well find out that the world’s largest fish is even larger than presently recorded,” he added.