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Whale Shark

SKU 210602

The only living member of the genus Rhincodon, the whale shark is endemic to tropical waters around the world. They are one of three species of shark that employs filter feeding, the others being the megamouth shark and the basking shark.

  • Scientific Name: Rhincodon typus
  • Characteristics: Individually hand painted and immaculately sculpted, this model makes a wonderful gift for expert and novice marine biologists alike! Bring the majesty and wonder of the world’s oceans right into your living room!
  • Size and Color: Whale sharks have striped gray, blue, or brown skin with white spots, as well as a white underside. Measuring 9.25 inches long, 4 inches wide, and 2.25 inches tall, this model is about as long as a legal sized piece of paper is wide, about as wide as a deck of cards, and as tall as a stick of lip balm stood upright.
  • The Whale Shark is part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium® Sea Life collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.
  • History:

    Because of how docile and gentle they are, whale sharks are a popular attraction for divers. In fact, some young whale sharks will even play with humans. However, some swimmers will try to “hitch a ride” by grabbing their fins. This is discouraged by experts and scientists, because it can cause unnecessary stress for the whale sharks. Don’t worry – with a little bit of imagination, you can safely catch a ride on our whale shark model instead!

    • Recommended Age: 3
    • Size in cm: 23.5 L x 10.25 W x 5.75 H
    • Size in inches: 9.25 L x 4.04 W x 2.26 H
    • Scale: 1:40
    • UPC: 095866021306
    NAME: Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) CLASS: Chondrichthyes ORDER: Orectolobiformes FAMILY: Rhiniodontidae LENGTH: 35 ft (10.5 m) WEIGHT: 13 t (11,794 kg) HABITAT: Tropical and warm temperate seas SCALE: 1:40 This shark??s as big as a whale. Whale sharks aren'??t whales, they'??re the largest living fish??some may grow to 60 feet long. But like the largest whales, these sharks grow huge by eating tiny food. Swimming through the ocean, mouths open wide, they filter countless small plankton from the water. Whale sharks travel far and wide searching for the dense blooms of plankton that sustain them.