whale shark


whale shark
a tropical shark, Rhincodon typus, ranging in size from 30 to 60 ft. (9 to 18 m), having small teeth and a sievelike structure over its gills for catching plankton.
[1880-85]

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Species (Rhincodon typus) of gigantic but harmless shark found worldwide but mainly in the tropics.

The largest of living fishes, it often grows to about 30 ft (9 m) long and may reach twice that size. It is gray or brown with a pale undersurface and is distinctively marked with small spots and narrow vertical lines of yellow or white. It has tiny teeth, and eats plankton and small fishes. A sluggish animal, it generally swims slowly near the surface and has been hit by ships.

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shark
 (Rhincodon typus), gigantic but harmless shark (family Rhincodontidae) found worldwide but mainly in the tropics. The largest of living fishes, it often grows to about 9 m (30 feet) long and reportedly may reach twice that. It is gray or brown with a pale undersurface and is distinctively marked with small spots and narrow vertical lines of yellow or white. The whale shark has tiny teeth and feeds on plankton and small fishes. A sluggish animal, it generally swims slowly near the surface and has been hit by ships.

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