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 in: 9.25 L x 4.04 W x 2.26 H
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.