whale shark


Definition of whale shark

: a shark (Rhincodon typus) of warm waters that has small teeth, feeds chiefly on plankton strained by its gill rakers, may sometimes attain a length of up to 60 feet (18.3 meters), and is the largest known fish

Examples of whale shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But getting it right has implications for whale shark conservation strategies. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Calculated a Whale Shark’s Age Based on Cold War-Era Bomb Tests," 8 Apr. 2020 The shark can reach weights of 2,600 pounds and is considered the smallest of the three species of filter-feeding sharks, behind the whale shark and the basking shark, according to conservation group Oceana. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A rare giant shark now sits in an ice block at the Smithsonian, allowing researchers to hopefully unravel clues about its evolution," 11 Aug. 2020 Using this method, the team found that based on vertebrae stripes, a 32-foot-long whale shark would be about 50 years old. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Calculated a Whale Shark’s Age Based on Cold War-Era Bomb Tests," 8 Apr. 2020 And in 2017, a whale shark named Anne broke records by traveling some 12,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean in a little over two years. Joanna Klein, National Geographic, "The most fascinating shark discoveries of the past decade," 28 July 2020 In 2019, a whale shark in Florida gave a fisherman a wild ride, Fox News previously reported. Fox News, "Whale sharks have eyes that are covered in teeth, researchers find," 2 July 2020 The masks, currently available for pre-order, come in five different designs based on sea animals such as whale sharks, manta rays and great white sharks. Alicia Lee, CNN, "A scuba diving group is making face masks out of recycled ocean plastic," 22 Apr. 2020 Previously, researchers believed whale sharks may live up to 100 years. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Nuclear bomb tests helped determine the ages of whale sharks for the first time," 7 Apr. 2020 Its January and April 2021 tours include stops for reef snorkeling with sea turtles, hikes to the highest point on the island, and swimming with friendly whale sharks. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "9 Unforgettable Ocean Adventures to Plan Now," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of whale shark

circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Whale shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whale%20shark. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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