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

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Sharks range in form from the bizarre goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), most commonly encountered in Japan, to the gentle filter-feeding whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Gavin Naylor, The Conversation, "Shark Week looms, but don’t panic," 25 July 2019 Further down the coast, Ningaloo Reef is where the likes of Pippa Middleton, Hemsworth and Matt Damon have traveled, staying at the uber-luxe outback-meets–beach safari camp Sal Salis where one of many main attractions is swimming with whale sharks. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's Travel Guide to Western Australia," 16 July 2019 The Georgia Aquarium — the largest in the U.S. — boasts gigantic whale sharks among its denizens. Linda Lombardi, chicagotribune.com, "3 epic aquatic adventures across the U.S., including indoor swimming with whale sharks," 11 June 2019 Trip Highlights Experience close encounters with playful sea lions, gentle whale sharks, and giant schools of tropical fish while snorkeling or diving in the Sea of Cortez. National Geographic, "Baja and the Sea of Cortez High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Affecting a popular stretch of beaches from Naples to Tampa, on the peninsula's Gulf of Mexico Coast, the red tide has killed hundreds of sea turtles, along with seabirds, fish, dolphins, and even a whale shark. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Florida Hit By Worst 'Red Tide' Bloom in Over a Decade," 3 Aug. 2018 People sometimes get brushed as a whale shark swims by. Linda Lombardi, chicagotribune.com, "3 epic aquatic adventures across the U.S., including indoor swimming with whale sharks," 11 June 2019 Hanifaru Bay—whose unique shape concentrates planktonic food, thus attracting large numbers of manta rays and whale sharks—has become something of a model for sustainable manta tourism in the country. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "These Sea Creatures Are Another Big Reason to Go to the Maldives," 8 June 2019 This unique spot allows for a number of activities like, world-class fly fishing, kite-surfing, whale shark watching, deep sea fishing, bird watching, and the ruins of El Meco. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These Tropical Homes in Mexico Have Their Own Private Rooftop Pool and Bar," 2 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of whale shark

circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

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