Top 10 List:
The biggest fish in the World
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The biggest fish in the world is the Whale Shark. It is a shark not a whale. Whales are not fish, otherwise they would top this list. They are on the world's heaviest animals list. actually the top three fish on this list are sharks, and there are probably more sharks that would fill the top of this list if all were included. Another large sea creature at a size to make this list (but not a fish) is the Giant Squid**.
This is not a definitive list, the information has been gathered from several sources and there are probably some fish that have been left out. The weights listed are sometimes estimated weights, for some of these animals it is quite hard to weigh as you can imagine. Where do you get a scale to weigh a shark from anyway? This is a list in progress, the weights have been researched from different sources, and some represent the largest found, other the estimated average weight of the species. Contact us if you know of other fish that should be on the list.
|FISH||max. recorded weight||notes|
|1.||Whale Shark||11,800||26,000||The heaviest specimen ever found (in March 1994) weighed 36,000 kg. The Whale Shark also has the thickest skin of any animal, measuring up to 6 inches (15 cm) on the back.|
|3.||Great White Shark||2,300||5,060|
|4.||Ocean Sunfish||1,000||2,200||the heaviest known bony fish in the world|
|5.||Atlantic Blue Marlin||818||1803||One of the largest of the Marlin family, the Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) can reach 5 m (16.4 ft) in length and 818 kg (1,803 lb) in weight.|
|6.||Swordfish||650||1,430||"They commonly reach 3 m (9.8 ft) in length, and the maximum reported is 4.55 m (14.9 ft) in length and 650 kg (1,430 lb) in weight" from wikipedia|
|7.||Giant Cambodian stingray||455||1,000|
|8.||Pirarucu||180||400||South American tropical freshwater fish (largest freshwater fish) which can grow up to 10 ft long.|
|9.||Mekong Giant Catfish||293||646|
|10.||Beluga or European Sturgeon||264||582||Unconfirmed reports of belugas reaching a length of up to 8.6 m (28 ft) and weighing as much as 2,700 kilograms (5,940 lbs).|
|11||Bull Sharks||250||550||these are the largest freshwater fish|
|12||Halibut||211||470||largest recently recorded halibut was 211 kilograms (470 lb) and 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) long, caught by Bosse Carlsson and Hans Oluf Nilsson outside Bodø, Norway in 2009. Wikipedia lists the halibut is the largest flat fish, averaging 11–13.5 kilograms (24–30 lb), but catch as large as 333 kilograms (734 lb) has been reported.|
* other large fish include the Wels Catfish 150kg (330 lb)
** Giant Squid (300 kg / 660 lbs) are classified as cephlapods.