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Slow-moving, filter-feeding shark and the same time largest known fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 mand a weight of about 21.5 ton.
The whale shark is found in open waters of the tropical oceans. They feed almost exclusively on plankton and small fishes, and pose no threat to humans.
The species is considered endangered by the IUCN due to the impacts of fisheries, bycatch losses, and vessel strikes, combined with its long lifespan and late maturation.