It is estimated that whale sharks may live at least 100 years in the wild. It has been suggested that the number of growth rings on a whale shark's vertebrae may be an indicator of age. In captivity, whale sharks have lived anywhere from a handful of days to 8 years or longer.
Status: wild: 100 (high) years.
Status: captivity: 70 years.
- Stevens, J. 2007. Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) biology and ecology: A review of the primary literature. Fisheries Research, 84: 4-9.