Growth of the vertebral rings in whale sharks is rapid during the first few years of life, and growth has slowed by 20 years of age. Information regarding the growth and development of whale sharks is largely unknown. Data gathered regarding growth in captivity is considered unrepresentative of growth in the wild, as space requirements for optimum growth are unknown.
- Norman, B., J. Stevens. 2007. Size and maturity status of the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Fisheries Research, 84: 81-86.