when did we first discover whale sharks?



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    The first whale shark specimen was discovered in 1828 off the South African coast.  Though considered a fairly recent discovery, whale sharks ancestry runs back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. 

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    The whale shark was first discovered in 1828 off of the South African coast.  Later in the year the whale shark was officially described by Dr. Andrew Smith. as the largest living shark in the ocean.  Before the mid-1880’s there had only been about 350 confirmed sightings of the shark.  This means that it was very rarely seen when considering that we now know the whale shark lived during both the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods about 245-65 million years ago. 

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