Protected Resources

Whale Shark

Scientific name: Rhincodon typus
Great Hammerhead Shark, Photo: NOAA
Whale Shark, Photo: NOAA

Current Management Issues

A December 21, 2012, petition to list the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) as either endangered or threatened under the ESA was received from WildEarth Guardians.

On August 16, 2013, NOAA Fisheries made a negative 90-day finding (78 FR 50032), determining that the petition does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted.

For more information on the Endangered Species Act Section 4, please visit the Protected Resources Division's page here.