whale shark

noun

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 Villagers in Tan-awan, on Cebu Island in the Philippines, manage the world’s largest whale shark tourism destination. New York Times, 11 May 2021 Only a few operators use whale shark provisioning outside of Oslob, such as those in Gorontalo and Indonesia. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 In a variety of animals, including turtles, penguins, and a solitary whale shark, the scientists spotted the behavior because of the advent of true 3D sensing of movement. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 19 Mar. 2021 Days can be spent learning to kite surf, planning whale shark diving excursions to adjacent Mafia Island or enjoying the shimmering turquoise sea where the water temperature seldom dips below 80 degrees. Darren Humphreys, Travel + Leisure, 12 Mar. 2021 But getting it right has implications for whale shark conservation strategies. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 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, 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, 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, 28 July 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 19 Sep. 2021.

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