Whale-shark meaning

A very large plankton-feeding shark (Rhincodon typus) of tropical and warm temperate waters, having a spotted body. It is the largest living fish, reaching a length of about 12 meters (39 feet).
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The only species (Rhiniodon typus) of a family (Rhiniodontidae, order Orectolobiformes) of huge, spotted, egg-laying sharks that live in warm seas, have many small teeth, and feed on plankton and small fishes by means of gill strainers: the largest of fishes, often reaching 15 m (c. 50 ft) in length.
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A very large spotted shark, Rhincodon typus, of warm marine waters, similar to a whale, that feeds by filtering plankton from the water.
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